Josh Donaldson caps New York Yankees debut with walk-off single in 11th inning vs. Boston Red Sox

Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson felt the pressure of coming into a new market and making a strong first impression

Everybody feels that," Donaldson said. "You gotta trust your process and how you go about your business

The moment for Donaldson to really trust his process came in the bottom of the 11th inning against the rival Boston Red Sox on Opening Day with Isiah Kiner-Falefa on second base to start the inning

Donaldson, 36, needed to trust the process that carried him to 251 career homers and an MVP award before he arrived in New York this offseason via trade from the Minnesota Twins

And on a 90.1 mph cutter from Red Sox reliever Kutter Crawford, that process -- how Donaldson has gone about his business for the 11 years he has been in the big leagues -- came through Friday

as he hit a single up the middle past Red Sox infielders Xander Bogaerts and Trevor Story, knocking in the winning run in a 6-5 victory and allowing the Yankee Stadium DJ to cue up "New York, New York" by Frank Sinatra for the first time this season

In the process, Donaldson became the third Yankees player since RBIs became an official stat in 1920 to record a walk-off RBI in his Yankees debut, joining Roy Weatherly in 1943 and Chase Headley in 2014, according to Elias Sports Bureau research

The [walk-off] is probably gonna stick out, but I think the team win, the team resiliency -- it's going to lead to good things in the future," said Donaldson, who finished the day 2-for-6

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