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Granderson powers Yankees past Tigers

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DETROIT -- Curtis Granderson snapped out of a short slump and insisted it had nothing to do with hitting sixth for the first time in nearly three months.

Granderson hit his 30th home run and drove in four runs to help the New York Yankees beat Detroit 12-8 on Wednesday night and end the Tigers' winning streak at six.

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He was pushed down after leading off and hitting second for much of the year because he had back-to-back 0-for-5 games, including a popup with runners on second and third that ended a 6-5 loss to his former team Tuesday night.

Granderson had only four hits in his previous 25 at-bats and almost had that many in one night with an RBI single in the first, a home run in the third and a double in the seventh while matching his season high for RBI.

"It's just very coincidental," he said. "I've been with this team for three seasons and I think I've batted every spot but cleanup. It really doesn't matter where I hit. I just want to win."

CC Sabathia does, too, but he would rather have a chance to have more than the 94 pitches manager Joe Girardi let him throw against the Tigers.

"You're always upset when you're not able to finish your inning," Sabathia said. "But that's why Joe is the manager and I go out and throw the ball. It worked out."

It looked like it might not.

Down 7-0, the Tigers chased Sabathia and closed to 8-7 in the seventh inning only to hurt their comeback chances by giving up two runs in each of the past two innings.

"We just didn't pitch and all the add-on runs, obviously, killed us," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said.

Sabathia (12-3) gave up five runs -- three earned -- and eight hits while striking out seven over 6 2/3 innings for the AL East-leading Yankees, who had lost 12 of their previous 18 games.

Detroit had won 10 in a row at home, matching its best streak in 13 seasons at Comerica Park.

In his third start since being traded from Miami to Detroit, Anibal Sanchez (1-2) gave up seven runs, seven hits, walked two and hit two batters over three-plus innings.

"Everything didn't work," he said.

Omar Infante, who was also acquired with Sanchez from the Marlins, hit a solo home run in the eighth off David Robertson that pulled the Tigers within 10-8.

Eric Chavez and Granderson, batting sixth for the first time since May 15, hit RBI singles in the first for a 2-0 lead. Sanchez hit Robinson Cano and walked Chavez in the third before Granderson connected.

Girardi said before the game that he was sliding Granderson down in the lineup because he was struggling, but downplayed the move after the victory.

"Sometimes you can make too much out of it," Girardi said. "You just keep running him out there and he's going to be productive."

Nick Swisher's RBI single chased Sanchez in the fourth and Mark Teixeira's sacrifice fly gave the Yankees a seven-run lead.

Jeff Baker, playing for the first time since the Tigers acquired him Sunday from the Chicago Cubs, hit a two-out double in the fourth and scored on Brennan Boesch's single. Baker's two-run single in the sixth pulled Detroit within four runs.

"A pretty good debut with a new team," Leyland said. "Looks like he knows what the bat is for."

Notes

  • Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez, who went on the disabled list July 25 with a broken left hand, is scheduled to have an X-ray Monday in New York.
  • The Tigers previously won 10 straight at Comerica Park in 2006 when they went on to play in the World Series for the first time since 1984.
  • New York's 13-game errorless streak ended when Cano bobbled a grounder in the sixth, the second baseman's first miscue in the field since June 25.
  • Detroit CF Austin Jackson, acquired from New York as part of the Granderson trade, extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
  • Casey McGehee, playing in his third game since joining the Yankees, had his first hit with his new team.
  • Derek Jeter scored two runs, giving him 1,832 in his career to move past Frank Robinson for 14th place on the all-time list.
 
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Dropped in the lineup, a struggling Curtis Granderson connects for his 30th homer of the season in the Yankees' win. (Getty Images)
Dropped in the lineup, a struggling Curtis Granderson connects for his 30th homer of the season in the Yankees' win. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Granderson
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Detroit

J. Baker
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, SS6220000 .315
Nick Swisher, RF3221310 .265
Robinson Cano, 2B5231001 .316
Mark Teixeira, 1B4122003 .258
Eric Chavez, DH4122102 .284
Curtis Granderson, CF5234013 .244
Russell Martin, C5010023 .194
Ichiro Suzuki, LF5011001 .260
Casey McGehee, 3B4110000 .229
    Jayson Nix, 3B1110000 .260
Totals4212181144  
Batting
2B - Curtis Granderson (12, Below), Casey McGehee (14, Sanchez)
HR - Curtis Granderson (30, Sanchez)
SF - Mark Teixeira (10)
RBI - Nick Swisher (56), Robinson Cano (65), Mark Teixeira 2 (74), Eric Chavez 2 (28), Curtis Granderson 4 (66), Ichiro Suzuki (33)
2-OUT RBI - Robinson Cano (21), Eric Chavez (14), Curtis Granderson 4 (29)
SB - Robinson Cano (3, 2nd base off Sanchez/Laird)
CS - Nick Swisher (3, 2nd base by Below/Laird), Ichiro Suzuki (4, 2nd base by Downs/Laird)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - McGehee-Cano-Teixeira
E - Robinson Cano (5, Misplayed grounder), Casey McGehee (3, Misplayed grounder)
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
CC Sabathia (W,12-3) 6.2853170 3.56
David Robertson 1533011 2.70
Boone Logan (H,14) 0.1000000 3.52
Rafael Soriano 1000020 1.84
HBP - Fielder (by CC Sabathia)
Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 94-67, David Robertson 35-24, Boone Logan 3-2, Rafael Soriano 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 9-5, David Robertson 1-1, Boone Logan 1-0
Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 31, David Robertson 8, Boone Logan 1, Rafael Soriano 3
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF5110030 .318
Omar Infante, 2B5111021 .286
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4100100 .323
Prince Fielder, 1B4121000 .312
Delmon Young, DH5220003 .266
Jeff Baker, LF3122010 .277
   a- Andy Dirks, PH-LF2111010 .347
Brennan Boesch, RF5022020 .254
Gerald Laird, C3010002 .289
   b- Alex Avila, PH-C1011000 .258
Ramon Santiago, SS4000015 .212
Totals418138110  
a-singled for Baker in the 7th
b-singled for Laird in the 7th
Batting
2B - Delmon Young (16, Sabathia), Jeff Baker (11, Sabathia)
HR - Omar Infante (10, Robertson)
RBI - Omar Infante (41), Prince Fielder (81), Jeff Baker 2 (22), Andy Dirks (21), Brennan Boesch 2 (48), Alex Avila (33)
2-OUT RBI - Andy Dirks (8), Brennan Boesch 2 (25), Alex Avila (14)
Team LOB - 8
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Anibal Sanchez (L,6-9) 3777221 4.37
Duane Below 3411100 3.38
Darin Downs 1100000 2.38
Phil Coke 1322010 3.97
Brayan Villarreal 1322110 1.75
HBP - Teixeira (by Anibal Sanchez), Cano (by Anibal Sanchez)
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 65-40, Duane Below 53-31, Darin Downs 8-6, Phil Coke 25-21, Brayan Villarreal 33-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 5-2, Duane Below 6-2, Darin Downs 2-0, Phil Coke 2-0, Brayan Villarreal 1-1
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 20, Duane Below 13, Darin Downs 3, Phil Coke 6, Brayan Villarreal 7
Game Information
Attendance - 41879
Game Time - 3:38
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Bob Davidson