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Granderson's homer in 10th propels Yanks past Red Sox

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BOSTON -- Curtis Granderson is fitting in just fine with the World Series champions.

Three games. Two homers. One solo shot in the 10th inning Wednesday night.

The Yankees' new centerfielder hit an 0-and-1 pitch into the right-field seats off Jonathan Papelbon and New York beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Wednesday night.

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"I never go into a situation trying to hit home runs because I still don't consider myself a home run hitter," Granderson said, "but sometimes you look up and you're able to drive the ball out of the ballpark."

Granderson hit 30 homers last year for Detroit, which traded him to New York. He was moving to a team that lost World Series MVP Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon to free agency.

"There's always so many expectations and people want to compare you to the people that left," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "So far he's reacted really well, and that can't be said about everyone who come to New York."

Granderson said he just wants to be "a piece of the puzzle," but Derek Jeter said it can be important for newcomers to play well early in their careers with the Yankees.

"If someone scuffles a little bit, people start asking a lot of questions," he said. "Us, as players, we realize you're going to have ups and downs throughout the course of the year. So we really don't pay much attention to it, but I'm sure if you're answering questions about it all the time, it probably gets annoying."

Granderson homered in the first game of the season but made the final out in Boston's 9-7 win on Sunday night. He scored a run Tuesday night when New York won 6-4. He has two homers against Papelbon in his career, the only player with more than one.

"I felt really good tonight," Papelbon said. "It's a classic situation where you make one mistake and you pay for it. ... It seems like I've mad a few mistakes to Granderson."

Papelbon (0-1) struck out the next batter. But, after three walks, Mark Teixeira drove in the final run against Scott Atchison on a groundout as the Red Sox wasted an outstanding performance by John Lackey in his first appearance since signing an $82.5 million, five-year contract as a free agent in December.

He allowed three hits in six innings and left with a 1-0 lead.

"I was able to make a couple of big pitches in tough spots," Lackey said. "I had a lot of things on my mind today. With added pressure and being here I wanted to make a good impression."

Andy Pettitte allowed one run in six innings. Then Chan Ho Park (1-1) allowed one hit in three scoreless innings and Mariano Rivera pitched the 10th for his second save.

Pettitte was knocked down trying to tag Jacoby Ellsbury after taking a throw at first base on the first at bat of the game. Ellsbury was safe and Pettitte was groggy.

"I got a little whiplash or something in my neck," he said. "I was in survival mode there for the first couple of innings, that's for sure, but after that I felt like I settled in pretty good."

The Yankees set a record for the modern era with their 17th straight win in regular-season games that were tied after seven innings. They equaled the 1906 New York Giants at 16 on Tuesday night.

David Ortiz had gone 0 for 7 in his first two games following the worst of his first seven seasons with Boston. And after Tuesday night's game, he responded with an expletive-filled tirade when asked about his slow start.

On Wednesday, though, with the crowd chanting "Papi! Papi! Papi!" he gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead in the third with his first hit in nine at bats. His two-out single scored Dustin Pedroia, who led off with a double. But in his other three at-bats, Ortiz ended innings with two strikeouts and a groundout.

The Yankees tied the game in the seventh after Scott Schoeneweis replaced Lackey. Jorge Posada doubled but Granderson struck out. Daniel Bard relieved and, on an 0-and-2 count, allowed Nick Swisher's tying single.

Kevin Youkilis was beaned in the fifth by Pettitte and went to first base without incident. That moved Victor Martinez, who had singled, to second with two outs. Then Ortiz struck out on a low pitch outside the strike zone.

Jeter led off the sixth and was hit by Lackey on a 2-2 pitch, prompting home plate umpire Paul Schrieber to issue warnings to both dugouts.

Notes

  • Cano has hit safely in 16 consecutive games against Boston.
  • Teixeira went 0 for 12 with three walks in the series.
  • Lackey began the last two seasons on the Los Angeles Angels disabled list.
  • Manager Don Zimmer, outfielders Jimmy Piersall and Tommy Harper and infielder John Valentin were named to the Red Sox Hall of Fame by a 14-member panel of team executives, media members, booster club representatives and historians. Eddie Kasko was picked as a non-uniformed member. He was a vice president, manager, coach and player for the Red Sox.
 
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New Yankee Curtis Granderson makes closer Jonathan Papelbon pay in the 10th with a tiebreaking homer.  (AP)
New Yankee Curtis Granderson makes closer Jonathan Papelbon pay in the 10th with a tiebreaking homer. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Granderson
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Boston

J. Lackey
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 2
K 3
 

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New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS3010100 .308
Nick Johnson, DH4000122 .000
Mark Teixeira, 1B3001210 .000
Alex Rodriguez, 3B5000004 .133
Robinson Cano, 2B4010010 .417
Jorge Posada, C4110000 .417
Curtis Granderson, CF4121011 .333
Nick Swisher, RF4011021 .364
    Randy Winn, RF0000000 .000
Brett Gardner, LF3100102 .333
Totals3436357  
Batting
2B - Jorge Posada (2, Schoeneweis)
HR - Curtis Granderson (2, Papelbon)
RBI - Mark Teixeira (2), Curtis Granderson (2), Nick Swisher (2)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Swisher (1)
SB - Curtis Granderson (1, 2nd base off Lackey/Martinez), Brett Gardner (2, 2nd base off Papelbon/Martinez)
CS - Robinson Cano (1, 2nd base by Lackey/Martinez)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Rodriguez-Cano-Teixeira, Cano-Jeter-Teixeira
New York Yankees
Andy Pettitte 6611340 1.50
Chan Ho Park (W,1-1) 3100010 4.91
Mariano Rivera (S,2) 1000000 0.00
HBP - Youkilis (by Andy Pettitte)
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 94-54, Chan Ho Park 36-24, Mariano Rivera 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 6-6, Chan Ho Park 1-7, Mariano Rivera 2-1
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 26, Chan Ho Park 10, Mariano Rivera 3
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, LF5010012 .200
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4110100 .308
Victor Martinez, C5010002 .308
Kevin Youkilis, 1B2000101 .444
David Ortiz, DH4011024 .091
Adrian Beltre, 3B4010001 .364
J.D. Drew, RF4010001 .167
Mike Cameron, CF4010021 .300
Marco Scutaro, SS3000101 .300
Totals3517135  
Batting
2B - Dustin Pedroia (1, Pettitte), Mike Cameron (1, Pettitte)
RBI - David Ortiz (1)
2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz (1)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Beltre-Pedroia-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
John Lackey 6300230 0.00
Scott Schoeneweis (H,1) 0.2111020 5.40
Daniel Bard (BS,1) 1.1100010 0.00
Jonathan Papelbon (L,0-1) 1.1122211 7.71
Scott Atchison 0.2000100 4.50
HBP - Jeter (by John Lackey)
Pitches-Strikes - John Lackey 99-57, Scott Schoeneweis 13-8, Daniel Bard 15-12, Jonathan Papelbon 28-16, Scott Atchison 9-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Lackey 8-5, Daniel Bard 2-1, Jonathan Papelbon 2-1, Scott Atchison 2-0
Batters Faced - John Lackey 22, Scott Schoeneweis 3, Daniel Bard 5, Jonathan Papelbon 7, Scott Atchison 3
Game Information
Attendance - 38238
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Angel Hernandez