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Yankees sign infielder/DH Dan Johnson

01/24/2013 11:08 AM ET
By Jon Lane

The New York Yankees have signed veteran first baseman Dan Johnson to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Johnson played 137 games for the Chicago White Sox’s Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte last season, batting .267 with 28 home runs and 85 RBIs.

Johnson is best known for hitting a game-tying, two-out, two-strike home run in the ninth inning of Game 162 against the Yankees in 2011 that rallied the Tampa Bay Rays from a 7-0 deficit in a game they won in extra innings. The victory over New York, which had already clinched the AL East, combined with a loss by the Boston Red Sox in Baltimore, clinched the AL Wild Card for the Rays. Ironically, Johnson was designated for assignment on May 20, 2011, cleared waivers and was recalled on September 14.

Watch: Johnson's dramatic game-tying homer

Johnson’s strong 2012 season in Triple-A included a spot in the All-Star game and a second-place finish in the Home Run Derby. His contract was purchased by the White Sox on September 1 and he batted .364 (8-for-22) in 14 games.

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