Chase Headley Records 1st Extra-Base Hit of 2016 Season with Home Run vs. Royals

Brian Marron@@brianmarron398Featured ColumnistMay 13, 2016

New York Yankees Chase Headley (12) breaks his bat on a ground out to third during the third inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Monday, April 25, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
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New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley ended a lengthy extra-base-hit drought Thursday with a second-inning two-run homer against the Kansas City Royals

Headley's last extra-base hit, a double, came on Sept. 27, 2015, against the Chicago White Sox, which breaks a streak of 124 plate appearances without such a result, per NBC Sports' Bill Baer

The YES Network provided a look at Headley getting the monkey off his back:

The Wall Street Journal's Jared Diamond noted that Headley's first jack of the season puts him in some interesting, maybe unfortunate, company:

Considering his contract—a four-year, $52 million deal signed in 2015, according to SpotracHeadley is grossly underperforming. He entered Thursday's game batting just .178 in 28 games with just four RBI before adding a pair with his home run.

The Yankees have struggled to score for most the season, but the offense seems to be coming alive as of late. Not including Thursday, the team has scored at least six runs in five of its last 10 games. This is good news, as New York has scored the fifth-fewest runs in the American League, per ESPN.com.

Perhaps Headley could be waking up as well. He is a .263 career hitter who provides a solid presence in the middle of the lineup when performing at his best. If the 13-19 Yankees are going to turn it around, they will need Headley to start breaking out.  

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