Perhaps it's fitting that Hollywood is close to where the Yankees captain will play next in the opener of what figures to be a difficult two-game set Tuesday night against the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers .
Jeter homered in his first at-bat Sunday in a 6-5 victory over Tampa Bay. He played shortstop for the first time as he returned after re-injuring his ankle July 11 in his season debut against Kansas City.
"It was fun - I'm tired," said Jeter, who has hit safely in all six games against the Dodgers with nine hits in 25 at-bats. "I worked hard to try to get back on the field."
New York (55-50) avoided a three-game sweep when recent acquisition Alfonso Soriano singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The injury-plagued Yankees have struggled offensively all season and own an AL-low .371 slugging percentage. They face Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.89 ERA) on Tuesday and major league ERA leader Clayton Kershaw the next night.
"We get a day off, we get to enjoy this one and we gotta go back to work Tuesday and it's not going to get any easier out there as you're going to see Greinke and Kershaw," manager Joe Girardi said. "We're going to have to shut them down, and they've been swinging the bats really well and we're going to have to score some runs."
Los Angeles (56-48) had won six straight starts by Greinke before he allowed four runs in seven innings Thursday in a 5-2 loss to Cincinnati. He was 5-0 with a 2.17 ERA in seven home outings before that one.
The right-hander is 2-4 with a 5.71 ERA in eight starts against the Yankees, with seven of them coming for Kansas City between 2004-08. Robinson Cano is 6 for 16 against him but has hit .160 with one RBI in his last seven games.
The Dodgers bounced back from Greinke's defeat with three wins over the Reds over the weekend. Their starters yielded two runs over 21 2-3 innings, with Chris Capuano pitching 6 2-3 in Sunday's 1-0, 11-inning victory.
Yasiel Puig 's walk-off homer gave him 10 in 48 games along with 23 RBIs and a .372 average.
"We've got a good thing going and we're just going to keep it rolling," reliever Brandon League said. "Puig's contributed a lot, but it's not only him. The best part of this is that it's a different guy every day, and we're not counting on one person."
The Dodgers are a major league-best 26-6 since June 22 with wins in nine of 10. Their offense, however, only produced nine runs in the four-game set with Cincinnati.
Los Angeles has split 36 games when facing left-handed starters as it meets veteran Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.39), who will try to avoid losing three straight starts for the second time in two months. He gave up fewer than four runs for the first time in eight outings Wednesday, surrendering two in six innings of a 3-1 defeat at Texas.
Pettitte is 2-0 with a 3.94 ERA in five starts against the Dodgers.
Carl Crawford is a .326 hitter against Pettitte and could return after missing the last two games because of a high temperature.
The Yankees will activate infielder Jayson Nix , out since July 1 with a strained right hamstring.
These clubs split a June 19 doubleheader in New York. The Yankees last visited Dodger Stadium when they took two of three June 25-27, 2010.
|Jerry Hairston Jr.||25||.280||7||0||3||2||4||.333||.693||.360|
|New York Yankees|
|July 27, 2013||Travis Hafner||15-Day DL||Strained right rotator cuff.|
|July 23, 2013||Luis Cruz||15-Day DL||Sprained right knee|
|July 20, 2013||Zoilo Almonte||15-Day DL||Sprained left ankle|
|July 19, 2013||Zoilo Almonte||Day-to-Day||Left game - left ankle sprain|
|July 16, 2013||Robinson Cano||Day-to-Day||Left game - leg|
|July 12, 2013||Derek Jeter||15-Day DL||Strained right quad|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|July 23, 2013||Jose Dominguez||15-Day DL||Left quad strain|
|July 22, 2013||Matt Kemp||15-Day DL||Sprained left ankle|
|July 13, 2013||Yasiel Puig||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left hip|
|July 11, 2013||Yasiel Puig||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left hip|
|July 07, 2013||Stephen Fife||15-Day DL||Right shoulder bursitis|
|July 06, 2013||Matt Kemp||15-Day DL||AC joint irritation, left shoulder|
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mark Ellis has been on nearly as big of a roll as the Los Angeles Dodgers since the All-Star break.
The second baseman has hit safely in all 11 of his team's games, batting .415 with a homer and eight RBIs since the second half began July 19.
Ellis delivered the winning single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Dodgers a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night. He lofted a slider over the head of leaping shortstop Derek Jeter to score Andre Ethier , who singled and stole second.
"He threw me quite a few (sliders) in that at-bat," Ellis said of Shawn Kelley . "When I hit the ball, I had a pretty good idea it was going over Jeter's head. The big play was Andre stealing second."
The Dodgers improved to 27-6 since June 22, their best stretch since going 29-5 during a 34-game run from Aug. 7-Sept. 9, 1953. They are 3 1/2 games ahead of second-place Arizona in the NL West.
"We like where we're at," said Ellis, who went 2 for 4 while helping the Dodgers win their eighth consecutive one-run game.
Kenley Jansen (4-3) pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts to earn the win. The Dodgers' bullpen hasn't allowed a hit in 9 1-3 scoreless innings in its last four games.
"They're playing real well and we knew that coming in," Yankees starter Andy Pettitte said. "So they've got a lot to be excited about right now. It would have been nice to come in here and be able to get this first game. But they're hot."
Kelley (3-1) took the loss in relief in the Yankees' third-ever series at Dodger Stadium and first since June 2010. They lost for the third time in four games, and fell to 26-26 on the road.
"I've got to find a way to get that last out," Kelley said. "Ellis got the bat on it and it cost us the game. That was the pitch I wanted to throw - a slider down in the zone. I wanted to attack him with my best pitch to the end from 3-1, and I did. I threw him slider-slider. I got him out in front a little bit, but he got enough to get it in the outfield."
Dodgers starter Zack Greinke allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked none while being denied his 100th career victory for a third straight start.
"I was more pumped up, I don't know why," Greinke said. "Usually I'll take more energy drink stuff before games but today I didn't. I wanted to calm down. It wasn't easy to do."
Pettitte gave up two runs and eight hits in seven innings, struck out three and walked none in his longest outing since June 14 in Anaheim.
New York tied the game 2-all in the fourth on Lyle Overbay 's RBI groundout to shortstop that scored Alfonso Soriano , who doubled to lead off and took third on Greinke's wild pitch.
The Dodgers went up 2-1 on Juan Uribe 's homer in the second.
The Yankees tied the game 1-all on Overbay's home run leading off the top of the second.
The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead on Hanley Ramirez 's RBI single in the first that scored Yasiel Puig , who doubled.
NOTES: The Yankees are 18-12 in one-run games this season. ... Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he expects to have 3B Alex Rodriguez back on the roster in the near future. Girardi said A-Rod is scheduled for a rehab game on Thursday. A-Rod has been rehabbing a strained left quadriceps at the Yankees' complex in Tampa, Fla., amid reports that he will soon be disciplined by MLB as a result of the Biogenesis case. ... Girardi said Jeter will have a mix of starts as DH and off days as he works up to everyday playing shape after his DL stint. ... Celebrities were out in force including Jay-Z sitting four seats away from fellow agent Scott Boras; NBA stars Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden; Jack Nicholson; Mel Brooks; Ice Cube; George Lopez; and Luc Robitaille of the L.A. Kings next to Magic Johnson. ... The crowd of 52,447 was the 15th sellout of the season.