NEW YORK — Derek Jeter (strained right calf) went 2-for-3 with a double and an infield single Thursday night in his first minor-league rehab game for Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The shortstop will play at least one more rehab game tonight before returning to the Yankees.
Jeter fielded two grounders in his five innings, one of which he booted for an error.
RBI CONFUSION: Toronto manager John Gibbons and pitcher Mark Buehrle — who did not play — were ejected in the fifth inning for arguing with a confusing call that resulted in the Yankees’ second run.
Vernon Wells drilled a liner to center with one out and the bases loaded. A sliding Rajai Davis caught the drive on the fly and then dropped the ball while transferring it to throw. On that throw, second baseman Munenori Kawasaki tagged out Chris Stewart who tried to return to second base — and Ichiro Suzuki, who strayed off second after running there from first.
But first base umpire Scott Barry ruled Davis trapped the ball, leaving Suzuki safe and Stewart out on a fielder’s choice forceout.
Eduardo Nunez scored from third to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead.
“We looked at the replay, and it looked to us like it bounced, but probably inside (Davis’) glove,” crew chief Ted Barrett said. “So on replay, (it) probably would have been ruled a catch.”
NIX UPDATE: Jayson Nix (fractured left hand) was placed on the 15-day disabled list after he was hit by a pitch Wednesday night. He probably will be sidelined the rest of the season, Joe Girardi said.
The loss of Nix leaves the Yankees razor-thin at shortstop until Jeter returns with Nunez playing through a sore right hamstring.
Instead of an infielder, the team recalled right-hander Preston Claiborne from Scranton because Wednesday they had used both long men.
EXTRA BASES: Third baseman Kevin Youkilis (back surgery) has not resumed baseball activities and has no timetable to begin swinging. However he’s still “hoping” to return this season. ... Fans with tickets to Thursday’s game can redeem them for a free grandstand-level or terrace-level ticket to one of three games against the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 2-4.