Yu-Tanaka zeroes, NY heroes, sharin' Judge

Yu-Tanaka zeroes, NY heroes, sharin' Judge

NEW YORK -- After Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka matched zeros in a marvelous pitching matchup, the smallest Yankee delivered the night's biggest hit, as Ronald Torreyes laced a run-scoring single to lift New York to a 2-1 victory over the Rangers in 10 innings on Friday at Yankee Stadium.

Torreyes drove home Gary Sanchez with the winning run after Brett Gardner cracked a game-tying solo home run off Matt Bush with one out in the ninth, the right-hander's third blown save in his last five chances. Texas scored the game's first run in the top half of the inning when Elvis Andrus came home on a passed ball.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Down 3 in 9th, Royals walk off against Jays

Down 3 in 9th, Royals walk off against Jays

KANSAS CITY -- Whit Merrifield's two-run double capped a wild ninth inning as the Royals rallied for a 5-4 win over the Blue Jays on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. It was Merrifield's first career walk-off hit.

The Royals faced a 4-1 deficit entering the ninth before mounting a two-out rally, as they had previously been 0-29 when trailing after the eighth inning. Salvador Perez doubled with one out and then scored on a two-out single by Alcides Escobar. Alex Gordon followed with an RBI to score Brandon Moss, who had kept the line moving with a walk, to make it 4-3. After Gordon's hit, right-hander Jason Grilli replaced Aaron Loup.

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Wilson Alexander is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the Royals on Friday.

Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the Blue Jays on Friday.

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Not to Harp on it, but Bryce comes through again

Not to Harp on it, but Bryce comes through again

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals had spoiled chances to score all night and were hitless in their first eight at-bats with a runner in scoring position as their offense leaned heavily on the solo home run. But with two on and two outs in the 10th inning, Bryce Harper strolled to the plate and what remained of the crowd of 36,347 fans at Nationals Park rose to its feet.

Harper delivered again in the clutch, lining a walk-off single to the warning track in right field off Raisel Iglesias to give the Nationals a 6-5 victory over the Reds on Friday night.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Kyle Melnick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington who covered the Reds on Friday.

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Wood 8-0 as LA rolls Rox for 8th straight W

Wood 8-0 as LA rolls Rox for 8th straight W

LOS ANGELES -- Despite losing Julio Urias before the game to shoulder surgery and Corey Seager during the game with a hamstring cramp, the first-place Dodgers kept on winning Friday night, 6-1 over the Rockies, their eighth consecutive victory, ninth straight at Dodger Stadium and 14th in their last 15 games overall.

Dodgers All-Star candidate Alex Wood allowed three hits and struck out seven in six innings. At 8-0 with a 1.86 ERA, Wood is the first Dodgers starter since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 to start a season 8-0, and he's the first Dodgers starter since Orel Hershiser in 1985 to remain unbeaten 11 starts into a season.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

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Derby tuneup? Big G hits #ASGWorthy laser

Miami slugger, who won '16 HR event, belts 458-foot shot at home park -- site of this year's festivities

Derby tuneup? Big G hits #ASGWorthy laser

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton served another reminder that he is the defending Home Run Derby champion. The three-time All-Star right fielder crushed a two-out home run off John Lackey in the third inning on Friday night in the Marlins' 2-0 win over the Cubs at Marlins Park.

The thunderous shot was vintage Stanton. Per Statcast™, it landed a projected 458 feet away, with an exit velocity of 112.4 mph, and it was the third-longest home run of the season for the 27-year-old.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Felix back on mound 'boost' for Seattle, fans

'It's a blast playing behind that guy,' Gamel says after win

Felix back on mound 'boost' for Seattle, fans

SEATTLE -- A Mariners team that has turned things around with a strong June could get a further boost from the return of Felix Hernandez, as the veteran right-hander showed Friday in a 13-3 runaway win over the American League West-leading Astros in his first game off the disabled list.

Hernandez can't take credit for the continued offensive outburst, but he certainly can provide another solid starter who is capable of taking advantage of that support now that he's overcome a two-month bout with bursitis in his shoulder.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Redeem team: Twins purge Tribe demons

Mejia delivers clutch scoreless start to help Minnesota bounce back from sweep

Redeem team: Twins purge Tribe demons

CLEVELAND -- Following a dispiriting and rain-delayed 9-0 loss to the White Sox on Thursday, the Twins began an 11-game road trip needing a bounce-back win against the American League Central-leading Indians at Progressive Field on Friday. Minnesota looked to starter Adalberto Mejia to deliver a strong outing, and the left-hander came through.

Backed by four-run second inning, Mejia pitched the Twins to a 5-0 victory over the Indians, closing the gap in the division to 1 1/2 games. Although Meija walked five in five frames, he only allowed two hits, struck out four and worked out of bases-loaded jams in second and fourth innings en route to his second win of the season.

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lonzo Ball and Kenley Jansen swapped jerseys for the newest Laker's ceremonial first pitch

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Lonzo Ball and Kenley Jansen swapped jerseys for the newest Laker's ceremonial first pitch

On Friday, the Dodgers welcomed Los Angeles' newest sports star, Lonzo Ball, to Dodger Stadium ahead of their game with the Rockies. Ball, selected by the Lakers with the No. 2 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft, is quite a big deal -- and as such, he was the toast of the town as he threw out a ceremonial first pitch. 

Before that, though, Ball donned his own custom-fit Dodgers jersey, which admittedly looked incredibly slick (probably due to the surname "Ball" on the back of a baseball jersey). 

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Fitting tribute: Big Papi's No. 34 retired

Slugger humbled to join other legends on right-field facade

Fitting tribute: Big Papi's No. 34 retired

BOSTON -- To the delight of the roaring Fenway faithful, David Ortiz's No. 34 was placed on the right-field facade prior to the Red Sox's 9-4 win against the Angels on Friday night alongside the team's other legendary numbers.

The honor was an enormous one to Ortiz, who often would take mighty cuts during batting practice trying to reach those retired numbers. He remembers being successful only once, clocking one off Bobby Doerr's No. 1.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

2017 Draft: Signing and Bonus Tracker

2017 Draft: Signing and Bonus Tracker

Below is a complete breakdown of which 2017 Draft picks from the first 10 rounds agreed to terms, along with their reported bonuses and starting assignments.

Here are the bonus pools for all 30 clubs:

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M's score from 2nd on WP, rout 'Stros

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M's score from 2nd on WP, rout 'Stros

On Friday night, the Mariners welcomed back Felix Hernandez and rode a fine pitching performance by the King to a 13-3 win over the visiting Astros. 

But it was a sequence in the seventh inning, with Seattle already up 9-3, that was a lesson to everyone watching that if you're fast, you can just do things others can't. And if you're Jarrod Dyson, a notoriously speedy individual, well, you can score from second base on a wild pitch. That's what he did, scampering home after Danny Valencia to push Seattle's advantage to 11-3. 

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A bench-clearing 'brawl' occurred during the celebrity softball game at Kauffman Stadium

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A bench-clearing 'brawl' occurred during the celebrity softball game at Kauffman Stadium

Bench-clearing brawls occur -- they're part of the game.

It's a different scenario when a bench-clearing brawl happens in a celebrity slow pitch softball game. But that's what happened on Friday at Kauffman Stadium.

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Aaron Judge handed a Yankees fan a baseball and she could not believe this was real life

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Aaron Judge handed a Yankees fan a baseball and she could not believe this was real life

Seriously, what can't Aaron Judge do? The Yankees' phenom slugger mashes ridiculous homersbreaks TV screens with his ridiculous homers, makes young fans' dreams come true at their very first game, the list goes on and on and on. 

His latest exploit of awesomeness came during the Yankees' 2-1 extra-inning win over the Rangers on Friday night, and all he had to do was hand somebody a baseball. But by "somebody," we're referring to a young Yankees fan down the right-field line. When he gifted her the ball, she just couldn't believe this was happening to her. 

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Start your own season by purchasing R.B.I. Baseball

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Start your own season by purchasing R.B.I. Baseball
R.B.I. Baseball 2017 is here, and it can be yours today.

The Corey Seager-adorned game (or Kevin Pillar if you're in Canada) is available to purchase in North America at GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart, Target and MLB.com, among other participating outlets. Globally, it's accessible as a digital download on the Xbox Marketplace, PlayStation Store and the App Store on iPhone and iPad.

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Statcast of the Day: Polanco's great catches

Right fielder lays out to make three clutch grabs

Statcast of the Day: Polanco's great catches

While Gregory Polanco went 0-for-4 on Friday night in St. Louis, his stellar effort with the glove helped the Pirates pull out a 4-3 win over the Cardinals.

The Pirates' right fielder made two grabs with catch probabilities of 35 percent or lower, according to Statcast™, becoming only the third player this year to do that in a game. Polanco joined Steven Souza Jr. of the Rays (April 28 at Toronto) and Carlos Gomez of the Rangers (May 4 vs. Houston) in that prestigious club.

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Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Asdrubal moved from SS to 2B, asks for trade

Asdrubal moved from SS to 2B, asks for trade

SAN FRANCISCO -- When Asdrubal Cabrera landed on the disabled list two weeks ago, he was the Mets' starting shortstop. When Cabrera returned to AT&T Park on Friday, manager Terry Collins greeted him with the news that he would become the team's new second baseman.

Blindsided by the move, Cabrera has asked the Mets to trade him.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Consistent' Buehrle set for jersey retirement

White Sox great will be honored before game vs. A's Saturday

'Consistent' Buehrle set for jersey retirement

CHICAGO -- Those wondering if Mark Buehrle misses the Major Leagues after amassing 214 wins and 3,283 1/3 innings pitched over 16 Major League seasons can take solace in the fact he's still playing.

"Signed a contract with a beer league softball team, so I'm doing that on Sunday nights. Just trying to stay active and have fun," Buehrle said during his Friday press conference at Guaranteed Rate Field prior to his No. 56 being retired Saturday afternoon.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tribe's Zimmer challenges The Freeze to race

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Tribe's Zimmer challenges The Freeze to race

It all started innocently enough. When Bradley Zimmer raced home to score the first run during the Indians' 5-1 victory against the Orioles on Wednesday, the team account tweeted that he could beat the Braves' superheroic racer, The Freeze, without a head start. 

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Megan Zahneis

Rockies, Dodgers battle for West on MLB.TV

Rockies, Dodgers battle for West on MLB.TV

Within striking distance of the National League West-leading Dodgers, the Rockies have a prime chance to gain ground with this weekend's series at Los Angeles. Colorado will be presented with a serious challenge tonight on MLB.TV, however, facing Clayton Kershaw in the second of three games at 10:10 ET.

While Kershaw struggled in his last start, tallying season highs in pitches, hits allowed and runs allowed, his counterpart on the mound tonight, Tyler Chatwood, has been stellar. Chatwood enters the matchup with a 1.73 ERA across a team-high 26 innings in June. The NL West duel is just one of 15 games on today's packed MLB.TV slate.

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Megan Zahneis is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets cruise after double-filled big inning

Mets cruise after double-filled big inning

SAN FRANCISCO -- Deuces were wild for the New York Mets in Friday night's series opener at AT&T Park, where they stuffed five doubles into a six-run second inning en route to an 11-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Yoenis Cespedes departed from the script, clobbering a two-run homer to highlight a three-hit effort in which he lacked a triple for the cycle. Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilmer Flores, Michael Conforto and Lucas Duda also amassed three hits apiece for the Mets, who were swept in four games by the Los Angeles Dodgers in their previous series.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Urias to have shoulder surgery, miss 2017

Urias to have shoulder surgery, miss 2017

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers pitching phenom Julio Urias will undergo season-ending anterior capsule surgery on his left shoulder on Tuesday, the club announced on Friday. The surgery by Dr. Neal ElAttrache has an estimated recovery time of 12-14 months.

"We feel pretty confident that he will pitch for us next year," president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. "This is baseball, and things like this happen. Obviously, it's personal to us. We know how hard Julio worked this offseason. He had high expectations of helping us win, as did we."

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Freeman eyes return before All-Star break

Freeman eyes return before All-Star break

ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman's accelerated return from a fractured left wrist had another positive development Friday when he was cleared to begin taking dry swings. If everything continues to go accordingly, Freeman will return to Atlanta's lineup before the All-Star break as a third baseman.

"Everybody has been saying I wouldn't be back for 8-10 weeks," Freeman said. "Obviously, I had a different mindset going into it. We're just a little over five weeks right now, so I'm pretty ecstatic about how the recovery has gone."

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Cubs first-rounder stops No. 1 team in CWS

Cubs first-rounder stops No. 1 team in CWS

OMAHA, Neb. -- Alex Lange has pitched and won a lot of significant games in his three years at Louisiana State, but none more significant than Friday afternoon.

Other than a third-inning jam, the junior right-hander breezed through 7 1/3 innings of a 3-1 win over No. 1 national seed Oregon State, which had won 23 straight games and is chasing the best winning percentage in NCAA Division I history. A first-round pick by the Cubs (No. 30 overall) 11 days ago, Lange allowed one run on two hits and four walks while striking out eight, saving the Tigers from elimination at the College World Series.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

C. Seager set for MRI on hamstring

Dodgers shortstop leaves early in win over Rockies

C. Seager set for MRI on hamstring

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager will undergo an MRI exam on his right leg on Saturday to determine whether he suffered a hamstring strain or merely a cramp during Friday night's 6-1 win over the Rockies.

He said he's "pretty confident" this injury will not put him on the disabled list, "but you never know. Tomorrow, the second day is always when you really know. I don't know now."

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Suns No. 4 pick Josh Jackson threw a first pitch for the D-backs, and it was … really something

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Suns No. 4 pick Josh Jackson threw a first pitch for the D-backs, and it was … really something

The first round of the NBA Draft has concluded. That means a few future basketball stars are making appearances in the cities they now call home to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

In Los Angeles, Lonzo Ball tossed the prestigious pitch Friday night to Kenley Jansen before the Rockies-Dodgers game after being selected by the Lakers with the No. 2 overall pick.

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Rays hit 3 HRs, score 15 runs in win vs. O's

Rays hit 3 HRs, score 15 runs in win vs. O's

ST. PETERSBURG -- A potent offense met a struggling pitching staff, and the results were predictable Friday night at Tropicana Field, where the Rays defeated the Orioles, 15-5.

The Rays (40-36) moved to four games over .500 for the first time this season. Meanwhile, the pitchers for the Orioles (35-38) allowed five runs or more for the 20th consecutive game, earning a dubious distinction by tying the Major League record established by the 1924 Phillies.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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3 waiver-wire options for deep fantasy leagues

Chisenhall among widely available players who can help

3 waiver-wire options for deep fantasy leagues

Need roster help in a deep league? The following three players are all widely available and could be a fantasy boon in the coming weeks.

Brandon Finnegan, starter, Reds
The lefty last started in The Show on April 15 before hitting the disabled list with a strained left lat. He started a rehab assignment at the Double-A level on June 11, and he's made three starts totaling 12 innings -- adding an inning in each start after pitching three in his first rehab turn. In his three starts in the Minors this year, he's allowed just three walks while striking out 10 of the 44 batters he's faced.

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Yanks DFA Carter, set to recall Austin

Yanks DFA Carter, set to recall Austin

NEW YORK -- The Yankees designated first baseman Chris Carter for assignment following Friday's 2-1, 10-inning victory over the Rangers and announced that they plan to recall first baseman/outfielder Tyler Austin from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Carter went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Friday's victory, lowering his batting average to .204 (34-for-167) and his OPS to .669.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Unbeaten Wood joins greats in Dodgers lore

Unbeaten Wood joins greats in Dodgers lore

LOS ANGELES -- Alex Wood continued his breakout season in the Dodgers' 6-1 win over the Rockies on Friday night at Dodger Stadium. At 8-0 with a 1.86 ERA, the lefty is the first Dodgers starter since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 to start a season 8-0, and he's the first Dodgers starter since Orel Hershiser in '85 to remain unbeaten 11 starts into a season.

The reliever turned starter stymied the Rockies to the tune of seven strikeouts, three hits, one run and hurling a season-high 98 pitches, 65 for strikes, through six innings. Two of the hits the Rockies managed to get off the southpaw could have been routine outs.

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Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Always on his Toe(s), Torreyes comes up big

With Headley unavailable, utility man stars on defense before notching walk-off hit

Always on his Toe(s), Torreyes comes up big

NEW YORK -- The Yankees considered calling up an infielder on Friday afternoon, worried that Chase Headley might miss the entire weekend while he battles a round of back spasms, but they ultimately decided that Ronald Torreyes' versatility should permit them to get by.

Torreyes did more than that. The utility man contributed a pair of dazzling defensive plays behind Masahiro Tanaka's eight scoreless innings before delivering his first career walk-off hit, a single that lifted New York to a 2-1, 10-inning win over the Rangers at Yankee Stadium.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.