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Granderson proves his health at plate, in field

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Roster Report · Notes, Quotes · Granderson proves his health at plate, in field

When Curtis Granderson woke up Wednesday morning, he wasn't sure if he would be ready to take the field Thursday for the Yankees' season opener against the Tigers.

It's a good thing for the Yankees that he healed quickly.

The center fielder hit the tiebreaking home run and made three terrific plays in the field, helping the Yankees defeat Detroit 6-3 at Yankee Stadium.

Granderson, who suffered a right oblique strain with one week left in spring training, played in a minor league game in Tampa on Wednesday, pronouncing himself fit for Opening Day. He landed in New York Wednesday night and settled into his apartment roughly 12 hours before the season opener, but he looked rested and ready Thursday.

"There were obviously questions on Tuesday how it was going to turn out," Joe Girardi said. "He looked great today. Outstanding defense, big home run."

Granderson made a diving catch on a ball hit by Will Rhymes in the first inning, showing himself and his team that the oblique injury was no longer a concern. He saved a run with another nice catch in the sixth, then helped Mariano Rivera close out the game by chasing down a deep fly to center in the ninth.

"To be in a situation where you didn't even know if he was going to be here for Opening Day, he had a big game," Yankees captain Derek Jeter said. "Everyone knows how good Curtis is and what he's capable of doing, but more importantly, we're happy that he feels good."

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