Rougned Odor heroic in win over Rays during Yankees debut

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Rougned Odor swinging in Yankees debut BAD VIEW
Rougned Odor swinging in Yankees debut BAD VIEW

Rougned Odor made a splash in his Yankees debut right when the team looked like they needed the most help.

The Yankees and Rays headed into extra innings Sunday despite the Bombers having a chance to take the lead in the top of the ninth. After some shuffling around at the plate and on the bases, Odor came up to bat in the 10th with two outs and a man on first and third.

On the seventh pitch of the at-bat, Odor took an 85-MPH cutter on a 3-2 count and hit it perfectly into center field to drive in the run from third and give the Yankees their first lead since the third inning.

The RBI single was not only the catalyst for what turned into a four-run inning -- all with two outs -- but wound up being the winning run as the Rays were shut down in the 10th to give the Yankees the 8-4 win.

"It feels good man, feels really great," Odor said after the win. "Amazing feeling."

"Just a great at-bat by Rougy there to keep battling and fight one off," Aaron Boone said.

Odor finished the game 1-for-5 with a run scored and one RBI, while also manning second base in his debut.

He's looking to redeem himself and get his career back on track after being DFA'd by the Texas Rangers late last month.

"I'm just trying to be myself, just trying to play the game the way that I play the game all the time, and just try and bring that energy that I have to the team," he added. "That's what I did today and I feel really good."