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Derek Jeter walked to home plate, toyed with his batting gloves, stepped into the batter’s box as fans chanted his name and legged out an infield hit.
A feeling of normalcy returned to the Yankee Stadium in New York. The captain was back after a nine-month layoff.
Jeter singled on his first pitch of the season, then felt a tight right quadriceps and was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of the Yankees’ 8-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals Thursday.
He scored a run and went 1 for 4 with an RBI groundout as the designated hitter in his return from a broken ankle sustained in last October. After icing the leg, the 39-year-old was headed to a hospital for a scan.