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Jeter Returns, Helps Yankees Beat Royals 8-4

Associated Press - July 11, 2013 5:33 pm

Royals starting pitcher Ervin Santana pitches during the fifth inning. (Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) – Derek Jeter was back, and the New York Yankees felt a whole lot better.

The Yankees captain singled on his first pitch of the season, scored a run and went 1 for 4 with an RBI groundout in his return from a nine-month layoff to help New York beat the Kansas City Royals 8-4 Thursday for a four-game series split.

Andy Pettitte (7-6) settled down after another shaky first inning to win consecutive starts for the first time since April, and Lyle Overbay hit a go-ahead, two-run single in a four-run fifth against Ervin Santana (5-6) as New York overcame a 3-0 deficit.

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