Yanks have night for record books
Team clubs eight homers to tie franchise mark set back in 1939
NEW YORK -- The Yankees tied a franchise record with eight home runs off Chicago White Sox pitching on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, equaling a feat set achieved by the 1939 Bronx Bombers.
Hideki Matsui homered twice, his Major League-leading 12th and 13th of July, to lead the Yankees' charge against South Side hurlers.
Bobby Abreu, Hideki Matsui, Robinson Cano, Melky Cabrera, Jorge Posada, Johnny Damon and Shelley Duncan clubbed the other New York home runs, going deep off three Chicago pitchers.
The accomplishment matched a club mark set in the first game of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Athletics on June 28, 1939, when the Yankees blasted to a 23-2 victory in the opener and slugged out a 10-0 win in the nightcap. In the twin bill, Joe DiMaggio, Babe Dahlgren and Joe Gordon each homered three times.
The Yankees slugged three home runs off Chicago starter Jose Contreras on Tuesday, chasing the right-hander after 2 2/3 innings. Abreu hit a three-run shot and Matsui added a solo shot in the first before Cano hit a three-run blast in the third, chasing Contreras.
White Sox reliever Charlie Haeger allowed two-run homers to Cabrera and Posada before Gavin Floyd surrendered a two-run homer to Matsui, a solo shot to Damon and another to the rookie Duncan, who has homered four times in his first 14 Major League at-bats.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.