Head's first hit comes in unexpected fashion

Head's first hit comes in unexpected fashion

CLEVELAND -- The scenario plays out in every player's head: a walk-off home run or a key hit during a rally, creating an unforgettable memory to cherish for the rest of his career.

Jerad Head's first Major League at-bat didn't go quite as he anticipated.

The rookie outfielder, called up from Triple-A Columbus on Sunday morning and immediately inserted into the batting order, beat out a slow roller to second base for an infield hit the first time he entered a Major League batter's box.

"I never thought that's the way it'd come," Head said, "but to get it out of the way was nice and allowed me to settle in and get comfortable in the box."

It was an especially surprising manner of reaching base for a player who hit .284 with 28 doubles, 24 homers and 70 RBIs in 114 games for the Clippers this season.

The Indians signed Head as an undrafted free agent in 2005. Six years later, he's contributing to a team eying a spot in the postseason. Tribe skipper Manny Acta said the experience gained by all of the team's young players this late in the season is invaluable.

"It's valuable that they're up here," Acta said, "not only learning and playing, but also playing meaningful games in September."

Head went 1-for-3 on Sunday. He reached base on an error in the eighth inning.