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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.
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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.
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."
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."
|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|
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|New York Yankees|
|Derek Jeter, SS||6||2||2||0||0||0||0||.315|
|Nick Swisher, RF||3||2||2||1||3||1||0||.265|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||5||2||3||1||0||0||1||.316|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||4||1||2||2||0||0||3||.258|
|Eric Chavez, DH||4||1||2||2||1||0||2||.284|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||5||2||3||4||0||1||3||.244|
|Russell Martin, C||5||0||1||0||0||2||3||.194|
|Ichiro Suzuki, LF||5||0||1||1||0||0||1||.260|
|Casey McGehee, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.229|
|Jayson Nix, 3B||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.260|
|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|
|DP - McGehee-Cano-Teixeira|
|E - Robinson Cano (5, Misplayed grounder), Casey McGehee (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|New York Yankees|
|CC Sabathia (W,12-3)||6.2||8||5||3||1||7||0||3.56|
|Boone Logan (H,14)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.52|
|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|
|Austin Jackson, CF||5||1||1||0||0||3||0||.318|
|Omar Infante, 2B||5||1||1||1||0||2||1||.286|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||4||1||0||0||1||0||0||.323|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.312|
|Delmon Young, DH||5||2||2||0||0||0||3||.266|
|Jeff Baker, LF||3||1||2||2||0||1||0||.277|
|a- Andy Dirks, PH-LF||2||1||1||1||0||1||0||.347|
|Brennan Boesch, RF||5||0||2||2||0||2||0||.254|
|Gerald Laird, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.289|
|b- Alex Avila, PH-C||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.258|
|Ramon Santiago, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||5||.212|
|a-singled for Baker in the 7th|
|b-singled for Laird in the 7th|
|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|
|Anibal Sanchez (L,6-9)||3||7||7||7||2||2||1||4.37|
|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|
|Attendance - 41879|
|Game Time - 3:38|
|Temperature - 87|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Bob Davidson|