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Jeter Leads Yanks to Win in Home Opener

Derek Jeter gave Yangervis Solarte some assistance with Yankee Stadium tradition, then the rookie helped make the captain a winner in his final home opener Monday as New York beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2.

Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees hits a double at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. (Al Bello, Getty Images)

Jeter doubled high off the left-field wall and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury’s single in the fifth inning and Hiroki Kuroda (1-1) pitched 6 1-3 sharp innings in the Yankees‘ 112th opener in New York.

In what manager Joe Girardi said would be a season-long lovefest for Jeter, the shortstop was cheered every step of the way by an adoring crowd of 48, 142 — even when his double-play grounder back to Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez (0-2) scored Solarte in the third inning for the first run.

Shawn Kelley pitched a perfect ninth for his first career save. After the game, the Yankees said closer David Robertson was going on the disabled list with a strained groin.

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