Indians’ Perez homers in debut
CLEVELAND (AP) — Roberto Perez hit a two-run homer in his major league debut, Carlos Santana also connected and the Cleveland Indians scored nine runs in their last two innings at bat for a 9-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Thursday night.
Asdrubal Cabrera’s three-run triple and Michael Brantley’s sacrifice fly highlighted a four-run seventh that erased a 3-0 deficit. Brantley, a first-time All-Star this season, added an RBI single in a five-run eighth, when Perez and Santana homered.
On a conference call during the game, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn ligament in his pitching elbow. The team hopes its rookie sensation will be able to return this season.
Cashman said Tanaka could be back in six weeks, but didn’t rule out the possibility of Tommy John surgery if the pitcher doesn’t respond to a rehab program.
Perez, called up from Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday to be Cleveland’s backup catcher, singled in the seventh for his first career hit.
Carlos Carrasco (2-3) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.
Derek Jeter, playing his final regular-season game in Cleveland, went 2 for 4 in the 1,000th multihit game of his career.
Ichiro Suzuki had a pinch-hit single in the eighth for his 2,800th major league hit. Zelous Wheeler hit a two-run homer in the fourth for New York.