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Braves 2, Yankees 1
In a few years, this will be a scene from Old-Timers' Day: Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera walking on the field to loud ovations.
For now, though, it is a sight the banged-up Yankees had been waiting for: their captain and closer returning to the field following major injuries.
Jeter and Rivera made their 2013 spring training debuts Saturday in the Yankees' loss to Atlanta at Tampa, Fla., which dropped New York's AL-worst exhibition record to 3-11.
"It's really positive for us," Girardi said.
The 38-year-old Jeter was a designated hitter and singled sharply to left field on his first pitch since breaking his left ankle on Oct. 13 in the AL championship series opener. Jeter, who missed New York's first 13 spring training games, grounded out to third base in his only other at-bat.
"Everything was fine," Jeter said. "It's good to get back into a game. Now, it's normal spring training. Get more and more comfortable."
Jeter, immobile for part of the offseason following surgery on Oct. 20, is scheduled to DH again Monday. He could return to shortstop on Wednesday.
Mets 9, Astros 6
Lucas Duda and John Buck drove in two runs each and Ike Davis scored three times as New York beat Houston at Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Duda went 3 for 3 with a double, while Buck had two hits and increased his spring training RBIs total to seven. Davis was 2 for 2 with a walk, stolen base and a RBI.
Mexico 5, U.S. 2
Adrian Gonzalez homered and drove in three runs, seven pitchers handcuffed United States hitters all night and Mexico rebounded from a disappointing opening loss with a decisive win over the Americans in Pool D of the World Baseball Classic at Phoenix.
Coming off a last-inning loss to Italy, Mexico (1-1) tagged U.S. starter R.A. Dickey for four runs in the first three innings, including a two-run homer by Gonzalez in the third.