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Headley caps Yankees debut with walk-off hit

AP

Chase Headley hustled to New York, eager to help his new team right away. That’s exactly what he did — about 4½ 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.”

Derek Jeter broke Lou Gehrig’s franchise record for doubles, and the Yankees won an unlikely pitching duel after rookie starters Chase Whitley and Nick Martinez both entered with a 5.10 ERA.

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 4⅓ 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.

Ichiro Suzuki finished 0-for-1 for the Yankees.

Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 3

In Toronto, J.A. Happ pitched six shutout innings for his first victory in three starts, and Dioner Navarro and Jose Reyes homered.

Reyes and Navarro both connected in the sixth inning as the Blue Jays rebounded from Monday’s 14-1 defeat to snap Boston’s five-game winning streak. Reyes and Melky Cabrera both had three hits and two RBIs. Cabrera has 14 multi-hit games in his past 30.

Munenori Kawasaki went 0-for-2 for Toronto.

Indians 8, Twins 2

In Minneapolis, Carlos Santana homered among his season high-tying four hits and Danny Salazar won in his first start in more than two months.

Cleveland won for the fourth time in six games since the All-Star break. Minnesota has lost four of five.

Salazar (2-4) gave up one run and six hits in five innings.

Royals 7, White Sox 1

In Chicago, Mike Moustakas homered twice, Bruce Chen pitched five effective innings, and Kansas City snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the White Sox.

Moustakas, who has 12 homers this season, went 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

Norichika Aoki was 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Royals.

Orioles 4, Angeles 2

In Anaheim, Miguel Gonzalez took a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning, Jonathan Schoop homered, and J.J. Hardy hit two RBI doubles to lead Baltimore past the Angels.

Gonzalez (5-5) allowed two runs and three hits in 7⅔ innings, including a two-run homer in the eighth by All-Star MVP Mike Trout.

Astros 3, Athletics 2

In Oakland, L.J. Hoes homered with one out in the top of the 12th, and the Astros beat the A’s for their first win in four tries at the Coliseum this year.

The Astros also earned their first-ever three-game winning streak against the A’s.

INTERLEAGUE

Mets 3, Mariners 1

In Seattle, Jacob deGrom allowed five hits and a run in seven impressive innings, Lucas Duda hit a mammoth home run, and the Mets topped Seattle to break a three-game losing streak. DeGrom walked one and struck out seven.