Final in 14
7:05 PM ET, July 22, 2014
Yankee Stadium, New York, New York
Chase Headley plays hero in 14th inning of first game with Yankees
NEW YORK -- Chase Headley hustled to New York, eager to help his new team right away. That's exactly what he did -- about 4 1/2 hours after pulling on his pinstripes.
Headley came through with a storybook swing at the stroke of midnight in his Yankees debut, hitting a game-winning single in the 14th inning to give New York a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
"A little chaotic. Awesome, though," said Headley, acquired from San Diego in an afternoon trade. "Mixed emotions, but I couldn't be happier."
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J.P. Arencibia snapped a scoreless tie with a leadoff homer in the 13th against New York reliever David Huff, but the Yankees responded with Brett Gardner's leadoff double and Jacoby Ellsbury's tying single off closer Joakim Soria in the bottom half.
Most seats were empty by the time Brian Roberts doubled with one out in the 14th off Nick Tepesch (3-6), who threw 99 pitches over 4 1/3 innings during Sunday's start in Toronto. Roberts was held at third on Francisco Cervelli's single before Headley looped a single to left-center just as the clock struck midnight.
"Sometimes these things happen. I had a chance earlier to get it done. There's a lot of nerves, but then I thought, why wouldn't this day go this way?" he said. "I was yanking off everything and made an adjustment and shot it the other way."
Headley raised one arm as he ran to first and was soon mobbed by his happy new teammates. He was doused with a sports drink by Gardner during a postgame television interview.
"Unbelievable," Headley said after going 1 for 4. "I'm excited to be here. I can't wait to help, and just to be a part of this great franchise."
The third baseman left the Padres in Chicago and caught a flight that landed at LaGuardia Airport about 6:30 p.m. An hour later, he was in uniform shaking hands with other Yankees in the dugout during the top of the second inning.
"I was expecting to play," Headley said.
He struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth and had a great chance to win it in the 12th when he grounded out with the bases loaded to end the inning. The 2012 Gold Glove winner also made a leaping grab to end the 10th.
"He's had a whirlwind of a day," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He's a new chip for us."
Jeff Francis (1-0) worked a scoreless inning to win his Yankees debut in a game that took 4 hours, 51 minutes.
"We didn't give in. We didn't give up," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We didn't give them the game. They beat us."
It was New York's third walkoff win this season -- and second in three days. The team said Headley became the first player to get a game-ending hit in his Yankees debut since Roy Weatherly against the Washington Senators on April 22, 1943, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau.
The teams combined to use 17 pitchers. Minus ailing slugger Mark Teixeira, the Yankees were held scoreless for 17 straight innings by a last-place team with the highest ERA in the American League by half a run.
Looking to upgrade that sagging lineup, New York obtained Headley from the Padres for rookie infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula.
It was the longest scoreless game for the Yankees since they beat Boston 2-0 in 15 innings on Alex Rodriguez's two-run homer Aug. 7, 2009.
Rangers RF Alex Rios missed his third straight game with a sprained right ankle, but Washington hopes Rios will be able to play Wednesday night. Rios ran before the game and was scheduled to go through a full workout during batting practice. ... Rangers C Geovany Soto went on the 15-day DL with a strained right groin, less than a week after he returned from right knee surgery that had kept him out all season. ... Kelly Johnson started in right field for the first time in his career as Girardi rested slumping Ichiro Suzuki. Johnson made a nice running catch in deep right-center to begin the 10th, but came out with discomfort in his groin before the 11th. He was replaced by Suzuki and went for an MRI. ... Headley is wearing No. 12 with New York. In San Diego he wore No. 7, which was retired by the Yankees in honor of Mickey Mantle.
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Regular Season Series
|13th||J Arencibia homered to left center (442 feet).||1||0|
|13th||J Ellsbury singled to right, B Gardner scored.||1||1|
|14th||C Headley singled to left center, B Roberts scored, F Cervelli to second.||1||2|
|View complete Play-By-Play|
|Stadium||Yankee Stadium, New York, NY|
|Attendance||37,669 (76.6% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||83 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Quinn Wolcott, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - CB Bucknor|
From Elias: Chase Headley got a walk-off hit in his Yankees debut. He's the first player to get a walk-off RBI in his first game with the Yankees in 71 years! The last to do so was Roy Weatherly against the Washington Senators on April 22, 1943. He's the 2nd player this season to have a walk-off RBI in his debut with a new team. The other was Alex Gonzalez for the Tigers against the Royals on March 31.
From Elias: Chase Headley got a walk-off hit in his Yankees debut. He's the first player to get a walk-off RBI in his first game with the Yankees in 71 years! The last to do so was Roy Weatherly against the Washington Senators on April 22, 1943. They are the only 2 players with a walk-off RBI in their Yankees debut since RBI became an official stat in 1920. Headley is the first player to get a walk-off hit IN THE 14TH INNING OR LATER in his debut with a team since Randy Keisler for the 2005 Reds against the Washington Nationals. What's notable about that is that Keisler was a pitcher (who also got the win in the game) Headley is the 2nd player this season to have a walk-off RBI in his debut with a new team. The other was Alex Gonzalez for the Tigers against the Royals on March 31.
From Elias: This marked the 1st time in Yankees history that they got a game-tying hit in the 13th inning or later of a game in which they were being shut out at the time.
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