Jeter returns as Yankees earn series split with Royals

New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, left, and Eduardo Nunez talk before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium Thursday, July 11, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, left, and Eduardo Nunez talk before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium Thursday, July 11, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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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