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On this date in Yankees history: Bronx Bombers bash Indians

CLEVELAND, OHIO — The 1993 season was the start of the New York Yankees’ turning the corner for good. That year the Bronx Bombers opened the campaign in Cleveland. It was the final opener at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, aka, “The Mistake by the Lake.”

That afternoon was all about pitching and power for the Yankees in their 9-1 victory against the Cleveland Indians.

New staff ace Jimmy Key took the ball and cruised for eight innings, yielding three hits and one run, while striking out three.

At the plate, right-fielder Danny Tartabull slugged a homer to right-center off Tribe starter Charles Nagy in the second stanza. Catcher Matt Nokes clubbed a three-run bomb to right off Nagy in the sixth. In the eighth inning, second baseman Pat Kelly took Dennis Cook deep to left for a two-run tater.

New York would collect 16 hits on the day when all was said and done.