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Former champions Spain and Italy eased to comfortable 4-0 wins over weak opponents in European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup on Saturday.A Spain side missing several players due to injury tacked on some late goals to trounce Macedonia while Italy eased up after a first-half barrage at Liechtenstein to remain tied atop Group G with 10 points each.Ireland seized control of Group D with a 1-0 win over Austria, while rivals Wales and Serbia drew 1-1 after a dramatic end in Cardiff.Croatia led Group I after Marcelo Brozovic scored twice in a 2-0 win over Iceland.Only the group winner automatically secures a spot for the World Cup in Russia. The second-place team must go through a playoff to make it to the 2018 tournament.Here is a look at each European qualifying group in play on Saturday:GROUP GMacedonia made a promising start to the match in Granada but went behind for good in the first half when Darko Velkovskis headed clearance landed in his own net.Victor Vitolo Machin scored Spains second goal to put the result beyond doubt, and Nacho Monreal and substitute Artiz Aduriz rounded off the win late.Spain was without the injured Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos and Jordi Alba.We were without several players, but its true that their absences create opportunities, Spain coach Julen Lopetegui said. We have players with talent, attitude and ambition and they showed that tonight.Italy was led by forward Andrea Belotti, who opened and completed the quartet of goals just before halftime at Liechtenstein. In between his strikes, Ciro Immobile and Antonio Candreva scored.Israel moved into third place with nine points after winning 3-0 at 10-man Albania in a match played under tight security. Media reports alleged a group of 15 persons arrested in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia, planned an attack during the game.Albania has six points, and Macedonia and Liechtenstein zero.GROUP DJames McCleans 48th-minute goal in Vienna earned Ireland a third victory in four matches, and left fourth-place Austria facing an uphill task.Hours later, Gareth Bale put Wales ahead against Serbia with his 26th international goal and came close to sealing victory when he struck the base of the post with a shot in the 85th. The Serbians went up the other end of field and equalized 50 seconds later, with Aleksandar Mitrovic glancing a header in off the post.You get close one end and they go the other end and score. Very disappointing, said Bale, who was two goals off Ian Rushs national record.Ireland has 10 points, Serbia eight, Wales six, and Austria four.In the groups other game, a 1-1 draw left Georgia with two points and Moldova with one.Group IForced to play in an empty arena because of numerous cases of spectator unrest, Croatia took the lead early when Brozovic curled in a shot from outside the box.Brozovic got another in stoppage time as Croatia largely dealt well with the Iceland counterattack that caused so many problems for top teams at the European Championship.Croatia has 10 points, ahead of Ukraine with eight after it edged Finland 1-0 at home thanks to Artyom Kravetss first-half goal.Kosovos difficult start to its first major qualifying competition continued with defeat away to Turkey 2-0.Iceland was third with seven points, Turkey had five, while Finland and Kosovo have one each. Jordan 5 China For Sale . 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NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter walked to home plate, toyed with his batting gloves, stepped into the batters box as fans chanted his name and legged out an infield hit. A feeling of normalcy returned to the Yankee Stadium. The captain was back after a nine-month layoff. But, perhaps, only for a few innings. Jeter singled on his first pitch of the season, then felt a tight right quadriceps and was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of New Yorks 8-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday. He scored a run and went 1 for 4 with an RBI groundout as the designated hitter in his return from a broken ankle sustained in last Octobers AL championship series opener. After icing the leg, the 39-year-old was headed to a hospital for a scan. In a season thus far memorable for sidelined stars rather than sustained success, the Yankees anxiously awaited the test results. "Its not frustrating, yet. Well see. They MRI everything around here," Jeter said. "I hope its not a big deal." Known for trying to ignore most injuries, Jeter vowed not to this time. Sort of. "I cant trick the tests," he said, before adding: "I always play." He played through September and into October last year with what was called a bone bruise. The left ankle finally gave out in the AL championship series opener against Detroit. "I dont think it broke because I was 38. I think it broke because I continued to play on something that maybe I shouldnt have," Jeter said. The possible setback is not what the Yankees were hoping for in a season also hampered by significant injuries to first baseman Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Francisco Cervelli. "Its kind of what we went through this year," manager Joe Girardi said. "So hopefully its nothing, its just some leg tightness and hell be ready to go." Andy Pettitte (7-6) settled down after another shaky first inning to win consecutive starts for the first time since April. Lyle Overbay hit a go-ahead, two-run single in a four-run fifth against Ervin Santana (5-6) as New York overcame a 3-0 deficit and split the four-game series. New York cut short the star shortstops rehabilitation assignment in the minor leagues after just four games following injuries Wednesday night to Travis Hafner and Brett Gardner, who hit for Jeter in the eighth. Jeter found out about 11 p.m. in Scranton, Pa., went back to his hotel, waited for his equipment and caught a ride to New York. He arrived about 2:30 a.m., fell asleep 90 minutes later. And then woke up about 6:30 a.m. -- only partly because of the early schedule he had been on during his rehabilitation routine. "Couldnt fall back asleep," he said. "I was nervous going into the game. Its almost like its opening day for me, even though were in -- what are we in, July now? I lost track of the months." Jeter batted second in his first big league game since Oct.dddddddddddd 13. He said after the initial injury he would return by opening day, then fractured the ankle again in April during his rehab and missed the first 91 games of the season. Jeter turned on a 95 mph fastball in the first -- "I had my mind made up yesterday that I was going to swing at the first pitch" -- and sent a three-hopper up the third-base line that fell from Miguel Tejadas throwing hand. The crowd of 40,381 screamed "De-rek Je-ter! De-rek Je-ter!" Jeters ankle got more tests when he raced to third on Robinson Canos single up the middle and came home without a throw on Vernon Wells sacrifice fly to right. The Yankees all-time hits leader grounded out in the second and again in the fifth, when second baseman Johnny Giavotella made a diving stop to prevent an RBI single. Thats when the quad tightened. Jeter hit a sharp grounder to shortstop with the infield in during the sixth. Alcides Escobar bobbled the ball as Luis Cruz scored from third, and Jeter was thrown out as he jogged up the first-base line. "He looked the same," Santana said. "Very aggressive." Jeter had not been introduced at Yankee Stadium by Bob Sheppards recording in 271 days, since he sprawled onto his stomach while trying to field Jhonny Peraltas 12th-inning grounder up the middle, immobile on the infield dirt and yelled out in pain. "Its awesome to have him back out there. Hes so positive," Pettitte said. "We need his leadership ability." Jeter went 1 for 9 in his tuneup at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. After initially saying Jeter could play shortstop in Fridays series opener against Minnesota, Girardi said he likely would DH again if healthy. "I think its easy to say that you would expect with his age and a double break that I think hed lose a step or two or half a step, but I think hes moving extremely well from what Im told," general manager Brian Cashman said. Girardis task will be preventing Jeter from playing too much. "I think Derek would run himself out there the next 70 games if it was up to him," Girardi said. "W e have to pick days off, and we have to pick DH days." Kansas City took a 3-0 lead in the first when Salvador Perez hit a two-run double and Lorenzo Cain had a sacrifice fly. The Royals only other run was unearned, set up by Pettittes throwing error on a second-inning bunt. New York closed to 4-3 in the second when Austin Romine hit an RBI double and scored on Eduardo Nunezs single. After Overbays two-out, go-ahead hit, Zoilo Almonte and Nunez followed with run-scoring singles for a 7-4 lead. With Jeter in the lineup, his teammates seemed to relax. "The fans were great, gave me a nice ovation," Jeter said. "Its been a long time." NOTES: The Yankees cleared a roster spot by designating 1B Travis Ishikawa for assignment. 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