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Cole Figueroa has a Thursday to remember: A promotion and two doubles for Yankees

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New York Yankees third baseman Cole Figueroa is greeted at the dugout after he scores against the Oakland Athletics during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, July 9, 2015. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

No, this was not your average Thursday. Not for Cole Figueroa.

He said so in a tweet Thursday afternoon. See, the night before, he played in a 12-inning game as a member of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. They had a day game scheduled for Thursday.

"I was just like, 'Man, how am I going to make it through this day game tomorrow?' '' he said. "The trainer kind of chuckled at me and then I got called into the office."

There he was told that he most certainly would be playing a day game on Thursday . . . at Yankee Stadium.

Figueroa had been called up from Triple-A to make his Yankees debut.

He said the Yankees arranged a car service and he arrived in Manhattan at about 3 a.m. He woke up at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, went to the Stadium and started at third base in place of Chase Headley, who was out with an inflamed right knee.

Figueroa went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.

"Obviously, this being my first game, making a good first impression was nice," he said. "Hopefully, I can continue that."

The Yankees hope he can, too.

Figueroa, who was signed by the Yankees as a minor-league free agent in February, doubled down the first-base line in the fourth inning for his first hit as a Yankee. The ball took one bounce inside the line, carried over the first-base bag and hit first-base umpire John Tumpane in the leg before ricocheting into rightfield, putting runners on second and third. Jacoby Ellsbury followed with a two-run single that gave the Yankees a 4-2 lead.

Figueroa ripped a ground-rule double to right in the bottom of the eighth and scored on a two-run error by shortstop Marcus Semien as the Yankees took a 6-2 lead.

Not a bad performance for a guy on about four hours of sleep.

"There was this tired aspect so I wasn't probably as amped as I would have been if I would have gotten a full night's rest or come to the ballpark for a night game," he said. "So I think it actually played in my favor today."

The lefthanded hitter -- who played 23 games with the Rays last season, hitting .233 with six RBIs -- had a slash line of .317/.372/.415 for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.

Joe Girardi said before the game that Figueroa was called up because he had been swinging the bat well and because he provides versatility in the infield with his ability to play third, short or second.

Being an older prospect, Figueroa, 28, said he didn't put much pressure on himself. But he did experience some nerves that come with making a debut.

"You're playing in Yankee Stadium," he said. "Definitely some nerves, but I thought I did a pretty good job of calming those as the game went on."

His work day began with him tweeting "Not your average Thursday!" with a photo of his pinstriped jersey hanging in his locker. It ended back at that very locker, with Figueroa surrounded by reporters asking about his two-hit performance and commute to New York.

"Outstanding day," Girardi said. "I mean, a huge day for Cole. Obviously, he was playing in Scranton last night and he's here today playing. Two big base hits for us today. So great day for him."

Great, yes. Average, no.

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