MLB: Derek Jeter impresses on return with New York Yankees

Last Updated: 12/07/13 8:39am

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Derek Jeter returns to action in style in Yankees victory

Derek Jeter returns to action in style in Yankees victory

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New York captain Derek Jeter returned to action in style as the Yankees beat Kansas City Royals 8-4.

Jeter, playing his first game of the season after recovering from a broken ankle, got a hit, an RBI and scored a run, though he then left the game with a quadriceps injury which he is hoping is not too serious.

Jeter served as the designated hitter in his first game since breaking his left ankle in the 2012 play-offs but he had to be benched in the sixth innings because of a tight quadriceps which will need a scan.

"I felt fine," Jeter said. "I felt good. I thought I was moving well, first to third, scored, ran out a couple of ground balls, so everything felt good up until that point. They MRI everything, so I hope it's not a big deal."

The Yankees improved to 50-42 but stay fourth in the American League East, six games behind the leaders, Boston Red Sox.

Boston's Daniel Nava, who had been 0-5 at the plate, singled in the winning run in the 10th inning as the Red Sox edged a thrilling 8-7 victory over Seattle.

Elsewhere Detroit blew a chance to extend their lead on top of the Central division, losing 6-3 to rock-bottom Chicago White Sox.

Tigers reliever Luke Putkonen and manager Jim Leyland were ejected after the pitcher threw behind Chicago's Alexei Ramirez - an incident when led to the benches being cleared but no punches were thrown.

In the National League, Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann suffered a rare defeat as the Philadelphia Phillies ran out 3-1winners.

The Phillies moved to 46-47, just 1.5 games behind Washington (47-45) as they chase division leading Atlanta (53-39), who had a 6-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds courtesy of All-Star Freddie Freeman's three hits and four RBIs.

The Los Angeles Dodgers won their fifth straight game, and sixteenth in 19, with a 6-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

The Dodgers (46-45) are 1.52 games behind the National League West leading Arizona (48-44) who beat Milwaukee 5-3

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