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New Yankee Stadium A Launching Pad for Sluggers
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Yankee Stadium record for home runs in a season has been broken with eight games to spare.

Los Angeles Angels slugger Vladimir Guerrero hit the 216th home run in 73 games at the new $1.5 billion ballpark, one more than the high set at the previous stadium in 2004.

Guerrero's second-inning drive off Joba Chamberlain Monday night was quickly followed by Nick Swisher's third-inning shot against Angels starter Jered Weaver. Both landed in the second deck.

The only years 200 homers were hit at the old Yankee Stadium were 2004, 2000 (209) and 2005 (206), according to STATS LLC.

Yankee Stadium topped the majors in homers entering the night - Rangers Ballpark was second at 197. The major league record appears safe: 303 homers were hit at Denver's Coors Field in 1999.

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