The jokes started flying as the Cleveland Indians piled up runs in the second inning Saturday in New York. Ben Francisco was glad he wasn’t in the field. Ryan Garko was hoping to avoid making another out.
It was one fun day for the Indians at the New York Yankees’ swanky new home.
Asdrubal Cabrera hit a grand slam and an RBI single in Cleveland’s 14-run second and the Indians set the bar for Yankee Stadium’s new record book, coasting to a 22-4 victory.
“It was just one of those games for the entire team,” said Mark DeRosa, who went 4 for 7 and had six RBIs.
DeRosa and Shin Soo-Choo hit three-run homers, Travis Hafner, Grady Sizemore and Victor Martinez had solo shots and manager Eric Wedge earned his 500th victory. Jhonny Peralta had three hits and two RBIs after missing Friday’s 6-5 loss with a strained left elbow.
The Indians chased struggling starter Chien-Ming Wang and set several marks that could stand for a while at New York’s $1.5 billion ballpark. The 14 runs were the most scored in the second inning of a major league game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The 13 hits in the inning were a franchise record for a Yankees opponent.
Clearing the bases
The Houston Astros have exercised the option on manager Cecil Cooper’s contract for 2010. … Chicago Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley has been suspended two games for arguing balls and strikes and making contact with umpire Larry Vanover. … The Rangers announced they’ve purchases the contract of left-hander Derek Holland from Triple-A Oklahoma City. … Among those going on the 15-day disabled list were Blue Jays catcher Michael Barrett (torn muscle and possible fracture in his right shoulder), Nationals center fielder Roger Bernadina (broken right ankle), Angels right-hander Dustin Moseley (elbow irritation) and Padres right-hander Walter Silver (strained right forearm).