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Saturday, April 18, 2009
Indians plate 14 in 2nd inning vs. Yanks

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Asdrubal Cabrera hit his first career grand slam and drove in five runs Saturday as the Cleveland Indians scored 14 runs in the second inning, the biggest inning ever against the New York Yankees.

It was the most runs by a major league team in an inning since the Boston Red Sox scored 14 in the first against the Florida Marlins on June 27, 2003, at Fenway Park, according to STATS LLC. Cleveland tied its franchise record set in the first inning on June 18, 1950, against the Philadelphia Athletics.

Asdrubal Cabrera
The Yankees surrendered a franchise-record 14 runs and 13 hits to the Indians in the second.

The 14 runs and 13 hits amassed by the Indians were the most allowed by the Yankees in an inning.

Shin-Soo Choo delivered the first big blow, hitting a three-run homer off Chien-Ming Wang to give Cleveland a 3-2 lead. Cabrera singled in a run, Mark DeRosa had a two-run double and Victor Martinez an RBI single before Wang was replaced by Anthony Claggett, who was making his major league debut after being recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before the game.

Jhonny Peralta doubled in two more runs and Cabrera hit a drive to right on a 3-1 pitch for his first homer of the year. Grady Sizemore followed Cabrera's shot with his fourth homer to make it 14-2 as the crowd at the new Yankee Stadium booed loudly.

The fans started chanting "We want Swisher!" for the second time in the series as Claggett struck out Mark DeRosa for the final out. Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher pitched a scoreless inning during a blowout loss at Tampa Bay on Monday.

Wang and Claggett combined to throw 69 pitches during the half-inning, which lasted 37 minutes.

Cleveland was ahead 15-2 after three innings.