NEW YORK, N.Y. – Masahiro Tanaka made a triumphant return from an elbow injury that sidelined him for 2 1/2 months and a rejuvenated Derek Jeter got yet another big hit on his final homestand, leading the New York Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Sunday.
With fans in the crowd of 48,144 giving him standing ovations during every at-bat on the grey, overcast afternoon, Jeter went 2 for 4 and finished his next-to-last home series 8 for 15 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs.
Jeter saluted the crowd after sharing postgame handshakes and high-fives with his teammates.
When the retiring 40-year-old Yankees captain batted in the seventh, most fans held up phones and cameras to take photographs and video. He responded with a run-scoring double down the left-field line against Todd Redmond for a 3-1 lead, and the crowd erupted with near-post-season intensity. The usual “De-rek Je-ter!” chants turned into “Thank You De-rek!” and he stole third base.