Derek Jeter had no doubts he was ready to return and one pitch into his second comeback of the season he showed it.

The Yankees captain homered in his first at-bat Sunday staking New York to a 1-0 lead in the first inning as they try to avoid a sweep to the first-place Tampa Bay Rays.

Jeter who started at shortstop and was batting second Sunday stepped to the plate to the familiar recording of legendary Yankee public address announcer Bob Shepard's voice and a standing ovation.

Jeter then nailed a Matt Moore fastball the other way just over the wall in right field.

Robinson Cano the next batter due up waited for Jeter to acknowledge the second standing ovation. Jeter quickly appeared at the top step and waived to the crowd.

Jeter was eligible to come off the disabled list on Saturday. Instead the Yankees shrouded Jeter's final tune up a simulated game in State Island in secrecy only revealing it after Jeter had successfully completed his work against Single-A competition.

"It wasn't my idea" Jeter said before the game. "They wanted to see some things. For me I didn't have any doubts."

It was the first Yankee homer by a right-handed hitter since June 25 a span of 28 games and the first in second half. Since the All-Star break the Yankees are 3-6 and have had trouble scoring runs.

"We need contributions from a lot of people" Jeter said. "It is not like I'm some savior."

Prior to Sunday the 39-year-old Jeter had missed all but one of the Yankees' games because of a twice-fractured ankle and strained quad.

Jeter missed the first 91 games of the season before coming back as a designated hitter and going 1-for-4 on July 11 against the Kansas City Royals. He strained the calf running the bases that day and has been out since.