Jeter Returns, Leaves Early in Yankees’ Win over Royals

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.  He left in the eighth inning with a tight right quadriceps. Jeter is expected to start at shortstop tonight.

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.