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Perez homers in debut, Indians beat Yankees 9-3

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.

David Phelps #41 of the New York Yankees pitches during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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.

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