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NEW YORK -- Alfonso Soriano took one look around Yankee Stadium and broke into a big, familiar smile. "This is my house, this is my home," he said. "Im happy I have the opportunity to come back to New York -- 10 years." The New York Yankees reacquired Soriano in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on Friday, hoping the seven-time All-Star can provide a power boost to a team that desperately needs pop. Soriano immediately went into the starting lineup, batting cleanup and playing left field against Tampa Bay. The Cubs got minor league pitcher Corey Black and will send almost $17.7 million to the Yankees to cover the rest of Sorianos rich contract. "Weve obviously been trying to improve our offence, to no avail, throughout this season," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "By far, he is the best available bat to date." Soriano outhomered the Yankees all by himself (10-8) in the four weeks prior to the deal. Overall, the 37-year-old was hitting .254 with 17 homers and 51 RBIs with the Cubs. The Bronx Bombers led the majors with 245 home runs last year, but have become the Bronx burn-outs this season, ranking next-to-last in the AL with only 88. Banged up, theyve played most of the year without Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. Their slump from the right side -- Soriano hits righty -- is even more acute. Its been a month since a right-hander homered for the Yankees, with Jayson Nix the last to do it on June 25. Soriano got a big ovation when the public-address announcer read the lineups and welcomed him with "and once again a Yankee." Soriano saluted the stadiums Bleacher Creatures during their roll call, and was cheered again when his past Yankees highlights were shown on the video board. Wearing his socks high, Soriano got an assist when his throw led to an inning-ending out in the top of the second. He led off the bottom half and flied out. Soriano made his major league debut with the Yankees in 1999 and quickly blossomed into a rare package of speed and power. In 2002, he hit 39 homers and 51 doubles while batting .300, stealing 41 bases, scoring 128 runs and driving in 102. "Hes not the same player he used to be," Cashman said, "but he certainly provides some thunder from the right side that weve been lacking." Cashman hinted, too, that more deals might be in the works. The Yankees began the day with a 54-48 record and in fourth place in the AL East, 6 1/2 games behind division-leading Boston. Soriano got his old No. 12, with Vernon Wells shifting to No. 22. The Yankees optioned outfielder Thomas Neal to Triple-A to make room for Soriano. Soriano waived his no-trade clause to rejoin his old team. He was popular with teammates and fans for five seasons before New York traded him to Texas in a deal for Rodriguez. "Hes played there before," Granderson said earlier in the day at the teams spring training complex in Tampa, Fla. "Thats one thing that is a difficult thing to adjust to." "Youve got to come to New York and can you handle it, can you not? Obviously he had in the past," he said. Soriano has never played a regular-season game at the new Yankee Stadium. He did, however, hit a home run in his lone game at the ballpark -- in April 2009, the Cubs played a pair of exhibition games at Yankee Stadium before the official opener. Soriano has hit 389 career home runs while playing for the Yankees, Texas, Washington and the Cubs. In the 2001 World Series, Soriano hit a home run that almost became part of the Yankees lore. His go-ahead shot in the eighth inning off Curt Schilling in Game 7 put New York close to another championship, but Arizona rallied in the ninth to win it. A free swinger, Soriano is known more for power than getting on base. Hes drawn just 15 walks in 93 games this season. The deal was the latest move for the Cubs before the July 31 deadline for trades without waivers. This month, they traded pitcher Matt Garza to Texas and pitcher Scott Feldman to Baltimore. Chicago was fourth in the NL Central at 45-55. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Soriano impressed him, on and off the field. "I think when I came here, for some reason I was under the impression that he would be a negative in the clubhouse and someone that was out for himself, someone who didnt play the game hard all the time. I was quickly disavowed of that notion," Epstein said. "The first time we met with him, we asked him to work on his defence. We asked him to run the bases hard. We asked him to run balls out. We asked him to be a good example for the younger players, and we asked him to always play the game hard and to try to win the fans back over and be a leader in the clubhouse. He said, OK, and he went out and did it." Epstein called Soriano "an ultimate pro" and said it was good to trade him now, rather than someday when he wasnt an everyday guy. "Thats always a really difficult transition for an elite player, a superstar player, in the final innings of his career. Thats a difficult transition to make and it can often kind of muddy the waters a little bit," Epstein said. "He really leaves at the right time with his head held high. And we can all be proud of the career he had as a Cub," he said. The 21-year-old Black was 3-8 with a 4.25 ERA in 19 starts for Class A Tampa. The right-hander is averaging 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings in his first full pro season. Chicago will pay $17,688,524 of the $24,491,803 remaining on Sorianos $136 million, eight-year contract. The Yankees will pay a total of $6,803,279: a prorated rate of $5 million for this years $18 million salary and $5 million of Sorianos $18 million salary in 2014, the final season of the deal. "I think hes a great addition. One of my favourite teammates of all-time," said Teixeira, who played with Soriano in Texas in 2004-05. "I love the move. We need a right-handed bat, obviously. We need that thump. We need to score a few more runs, and hes one of those guys that can beat you with one swing," he said. Soriano needs 11 hits to reach 2,000 lifetime. His career leadoff home runs are second most in history to Rickey Hendersons 81. NOTES: The Yankees are hoping SS Derek Jeter (strained right quadriceps) can come off the disabled list Saturday. He was set to see a doctor Friday. ... Teixeira, whos had season-ending surgery on his right wrist, expects to begin his off-season training program in November and start swinging a bat in January, both right on schedule. Cheap NHL Jerseys Authentic . - NASCAR announced a 33-race schedule for the 2014 Nationwide Series with virtually no changes from this years slate. Authentic Hockey Jerseys Online . Aside from the trilogy main event title fight, there are a number of intriguing matchups in the heavyweight, welterweight and lightweight divisions. . The Brazilian goalkeeper signed a loan deal with the Major League Soccer club on Friday as he looks to get playing time ahead of this summers World Cup in his home country. Cheap NHL Jerseys Canada . LOUIS -- Cardinals cleanup hitter Allen Craig says hes recovered from a foot injury and ready to be put on St. Cheap NHL Jerseys Free Shipping . -- Jakob Silfverberg is making himself right at home with the Anaheim Ducks, scoring four goals in his first four games. The story of the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry will always best be told through the tale of Woody and Bo.For 10 years, Woody Hayes Buckeyes and Bo Schembechlers Wolverines reigned over the Big Ten and captivated the country. Teacher vs. pupil. Dear friends and fierce competitors, their legacies are linked.More than three decades since their Ten Year War concluded, Michigan and Ohio State are about to play one of the highest-stakes games in the history of series that will reach 113 games Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.With modern-day titans of coaching on each side and both teams contending for a national championship, this feels as if it could be the start of something big: a new era of epic competition between two coaches with roots that trace back to the men who defined the rivalry.On one side, Ohio States Urban Meyer, a Buckeye by birth who was mentored by Hayes successor in Columbus. With three national championships on his resume, he is 4-0 against Michigan since taking over at Ohio State.On the other, Michigans Jim Harbaugh, who played quarterback for Schembechler in the mid-1980s. After turning around Stanford and taking the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl, he returned to Michigan and needed just two seasons to make the Wolverines great again.Ohio State-Michigan is always special, but when you put such brash personalities and big personalities, guys who have a little bit of an ego with all they have accomplished, and you put them on sideline with all thats at stake it just really adds to the drama, said ESPNs Kirk Herbstreit, a former Ohio State quarterback whose father played for and coached under Hayes.The best rivalries have always been at their most compelling when the teams are being led by powerhouse coaches, whether it was Tom Osborne at Nebraska facing Barry Switzer at Oklahoma or Floridas Steve Spurrier matching wits and throwing zingers at Bobby Bowden and Florida State. Meyer vs. Harbaugh is not just a throwback for Ohio State-Michigan.This is college football at its finest and at its peak in my opinion, former Ohio State linebacker and Fox NFL analyst Chris Spielman.Schembechler was an assistant to Hayes at Ohio State for five years before eventually taking over at Michigan. Their teams played 10 times from 1969-78. Michigan won five, Ohio State four and there was one tie. One or the other won the Big Ten title every year, unless they shared it.They were gruff and uncompromising. They were the embodiment of Big Ten football and the faces of two programs that in many ways mimicked each other. And they loved each other like family, though competition took precedent during the fall.They never talked to each other during the season, said Bruce Madej, the longtime former sports information director at Michigan.Hayes and Schembechler set the tone for the rivalry some fans just call The Game.Its like two brothers or two best friends trying to beat each other, Herbstreit said.Growing up in Ashtabula, Ohio, the northeast part of the state, Meyer and his family were unabashed Buckeyes fans. His first tasste of college coaching was at Ohio State, where he was a graduate assistant in 1986 and 87 for Earle Bruce, the man who worked for and then replaced Hayes as Buckeyes head coach in 1979.ddddddddddddeyer, 52, said he approaches the rivalry the way Schembechler and Hayes did and wants his Ohio State teams to harken back to the Buckeyes of his youth.I didnt say like, but theres a mutual respect, he said this week. And I learned it from those two, two of the greatest coaches of all time. They handled themselves with incredible class, toughness, demanded of their players, and you got to see that every time those two teams played. So thats my memory, and thats how we go about our business here.Harbaugh, 52, was born seven months before Meyer in the same hospital in Toledo, Ohio.What a small world, as they say, Harbaugh said.The son of a coach, Harbaughs father, Jack, worked for Schembechler in the `70s, and eventually Jim Harbaugh played for Bo. The last time Harbaugh was involved in a football game in Columbus, he was Michigans quarterback in 1986, delivering on a victory he guaranteed.He is one of Bos boys, Madej said. That adds to everything that we have here at Michigan and I think that adds to the rivalry.Ohio State has won 11 of the last 12 meetings with Michigan, including the series only 1-2 matchup in 2006. The day before Ohio State beat Michigan 42-39 to earn a spot in the national championship game, Schembechler, long since retired from coaching but still very much a much a presence at Michigan, died.In the years that followed, Michigan sifted through coaches and lost its identity. When Harbaugh arrived in 2015, even Buckeyes could feel a difference.Theres no question he has intensified the rivalry, said two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, who never lost a game to Michigan in his four years of service for Hayes during the 10-year War. Quite frankly, I was happy to see them hire Jim Harbaugh.In typical Harbaugh fashion, he did not reminisce this week.Just really thinking about the process of preparation this week, he said. Getting ready for the actual game.The Buckeyes won the first meeting of Harbaugh and Meyer 42-13 in the Big House last season. While Harbaugh has never been shy about taking a fellow coach to task, he has traded no barbs with Meyer. They are not close but clearly admire each others work. Saturday in Columbus one will likely end the others chance to win a national championship.They will likely never share a bond the way Schembechler and Hayes did, but Meyer and Harbaugh could be about to write the next memorable chapter in one of college footballs greatest rivalries.---This story has been corrected to show that there have been 113 games, not 114, in the series, when taking into consideration a vacated game.---More AP college football: and .---Follow Ralph D. 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