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Jeter Returns To Yankees Lineup, Ends Team's HR Dry Spell

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Derek Jeter returned to the Yankees lineup on Sunday afternoon for his second comeback following multiple leg injuries, broke the Bronx Bombers' home-run dry spell and helped lead his team to a 6-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The 39-year-old shortstop scored a home run at the bottom of the first inning, giving the Bombers' first lead in the game.

The game tied up a couple of times afterwards, but at the bottom of the ninth inning Brett Gardner and Jeter were walked, before Alfonso Soriano got a hit that allowed Gardner to come home and win the game.

Jeter had a long journey back to the Bronx, after breaking his ankle during the playoffs last year.

He returned to the team a a few weeks ago, only to injure his right quad muscle.

After playing a simulated game on Staten Island on Saturday, Jeter was allowed by Yankees manager Joe Girardi to return to the Yankees' lineup.

Prior to Sunday, the Yankees had lost six of nine games since the All-Star break, and had not hit a home run during any of those games.

It was the longest stretch for the team since a 10-game drought in 1984.

The Bombers also honored former slugger Hideki Matsui at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

The 2009 World Series MVP signed a one-day contract with the team on Sunday so he could officially retire as a Yankee.

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