Yankees make MLB history and it has nothing to do with Aaron Judge

History was made Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. But it wasn’t because of anything slugger Aaron Judge did.

The Yankees outfielder remained stuck at 60 home runs after being kept in the yard during New York’s 14-2 smackdown of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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But for the second night in a row, the Yankees benefited from a grand slam.

On Tuesday, it was Giancarlo Stanton’s walk-off shot to complete a five-run ninth inning.

On Wednesday, it was rookie Oswaldo Cabrera, who opened the scoring with a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning. It was Cabrera’s third home run of the season.

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Consider the following from Yankees PR:

– Yankees batters have hit a Major League-leading 10 grand slams this season, matching their most in a single season in franchise history … also had 10 in 1987, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

– Four of their 10 grand slams this season have come against the Pirates, matching their most vs. a single opponent in a season in franchise history (also four vs. Oakland in 2011).

– According to STATS, it marks the third time in Major League history that a team has hit a grand slam in the final inning of one game and a grand slam in the first inning of the next game … joined the Red Sox in 1955 and Dodgers in 2017.

– STATS also notes that the Yankees are the first team in Major League history to hit grand slams in consecutive innings twice during a season.

– Cabrera became just the sixth Yankee in the last 55 seasons (since 1969) to hit a grand slam within his first three career home runs, joining Francisco Cervelli (second career HR on 5/8/11 at Texas), Melky Cabrera (third career HR on 7/5/06 at Cleveland), Hideki Matsui (first career HR on 4/8/03 vs. Minnesota), and Jay Buhner (second career HR on 6/11/88 vs. Baltimore) and Fred Stanley (third career HR on 9/8/73 vs. Milwaukee).

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