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.
Kansas City brought up Donnie Joseph from the minors, putting the 25-year-old left-hander in position to make his major league debut against the New York Yankees.
Joseph took the roster spot of right-hander Wade Davis, who was put on the paternity leave list Thursday. Joseph was 3-3 with three saves and a 3.55 ERA this year for Triple A Omaha. Selected by Cincinnati on the third round of the 2009 amateur draft, Joseph was acquired by the Royals last July 31 in the Jonathan Broxton trade.
Davis took the loss in Wednesday's 8-1 defeat. His wife Katelyn is expecting their first child.
A player can be on the paternity leave list for up to three consecutive days.