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Curtis Granderson takes over AL home run lead in win over Rangers

May 7, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

New York Yankees Granderson is congratulated by teammates Teixeira and Rodriguez in Arlington, Texas

Curtis Granderson took over the AL home run lead by launching his ninth and tenth homers in last night’s 4-1 win over the Rangers. Ivan Nova yielded one unearned run over 7 1/3 innings while Mariano Rivera tossed a one-two-three ninth inning for his league-leading 12th save in 14 chances.

Granderson already has four home runs over 29 at-bats against left-handed pitching this season. He hit just four in 158 at-bats against southpaws for all of last season and two in 180 at-bats in 2009.

As Bob Nightengale of USA Today noted following last night’s power display, Granderson has 24 homers since last August 14. The only player with more? Jose Bautista.

Here’s the top of the leaderboard since last August 14:

Jose Bautista – 27

Curtis Granderson – 24

Troy Tulowitzki – 24

Jay Bruce – 21

Albert Pujols – 20

Miguel Cabrera – 19

Paul Konerko – 19

Ryan Braun – 19

David Wright – 17

Alex Rodriguez – 17

  1. thekingdave - May 7, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Why did the Tigers trade him again?

    • yankeesfanlen - May 7, 2011 at 10:40 AM

      To get Coke and AJax, now they want a refund.

      • uyf1950 - May 7, 2011 at 11:21 AM

        All those fans that were all over Cashman for basically trading Jackson for Granderson where are they now. Since roughly the middle of last August Granderson has been lights out. He just needed a little time to feel comfortable in Yankee pinstripes.

    • dcburden - May 7, 2011 at 12:52 PM

      If I remember correctly, he was expected to walk as a free agent.

      • uyf1950 - May 7, 2011 at 2:24 PM

        With all due respect you remember incorrectly. Granderson was signed by the Tigers to a 5 year contract for 2008 through 2012 plus a club option for 2013. He was traded to the Yankees for the 2010 season with 3 years plus the option year remaining on the contract he signed with the Tigers.

        So if he was going to walk it couldn’t be for at least 4 years from the time he was traded (that includes the club option year).

      • dcburden - May 7, 2011 at 6:55 PM

        Ah, my bad. Looking back, money was a factor, but not free agency. Even with Miggy doing well and Miller and Maybin not doing much, the costs of that Willis contract really hurt the franchise.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - May 7, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    I remember saying Granderson will hit at least 35 HR’s this year and some clown on here said i was nuts and that he was too old and never hit that number in his career and blah blah blah. 25 more to go on may 7th

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 7, 2011 at 11:28 AM

      Granderson is too old? He just turned 30!

  3. uyf1950 - May 7, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    …as a side note to yesterdays Yankees game and the excellent performances by both Granderson and Nova.

    If someone would have made the bold prediction before the season that the Yankees starting rotation would consist of CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Ivan Nova, Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia and that the highest ERA 30 games into the season would be 4.08 by Nova they would have been laughed out of town. Yet here we are 30 games into the 2011 season and that’s what’s happened. Three pitchers with ERA’s at or below 3.00, one pitcher at 3.71 and lastly Nova at the 4.08. Who would have thought that it would be the Yankees starting rotation that’s keeping them in games. They were suppose to be the Achilles heel of the Yankees.

    Will it continue, who knows but it’s fun while it last.

    • yankeesfanlen - May 7, 2011 at 11:50 AM

      Even though it’s Saturday, no sense wasting a limerick:

      Tigers treated us like a blow-off
      If you wanted runs what a rip-off
      Jeter came back
      Still bats like a hack
      In the field he is just a big show-off

      And, uyf, our pitching isn’t even edge-of-your-seat as it has been some seasons.I still wince at lack of run production and inability to score late in many games.

      • uyf1950 - May 7, 2011 at 12:01 PM

        It will come around. If I may take a line from some of the fans on these sites whose teams are struggling. “ It’s early . Just kidding with the comment. But I do feel it will come around sooner rather than later.

      • dirtyharry1971 - May 8, 2011 at 10:44 PM

        Hope you enjoyed his 4 for 4 with 2 HR’s today, i know i did

  4. genericcommenter - May 7, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    He’s shown power for quite some time but has struggled hitting lefties and getting on base.

    Austin Jackson was never expected to do much. His ceiling was supposed to be Granderson’s worst, basically. So the Yankees were trading unknown potential for a guy who had already reached ( with the potential to far surpass) that potential. The trade made a lot of sense to most people who weren’t irrationally in love with an unproven prospect with limited upside.

  5. pisano - May 7, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    uyf1950…remember in spring training I told you I thought Nova would shine this year? well he’s made me proud. He has nowhere to go but up. Like you said there should be a trade coming and I can’t wait. Keep up the great posts.

    • uyf1950 - May 7, 2011 at 3:28 PM

      My friend I do remember. Cashman knows that regardless how well this rotation pitches that he can’t go into the stretch run starting August with these 5. My monies on a trade with a team from the Central Division (AL or NL) who has played themselves out of contention. The other possibility is CJ Wilson of the Rangers. I believe he’s a FA at years end if he doesn’t sign an extension with the Rangers before then and he is a lefty. I think a trade is a bit of a long shot but you never know and depending how the Rangers do the rest of the season anythings possible.

      • pisano - May 7, 2011 at 3:53 PM

        Yes, a lefty would be so valuable to the Yankees especially with all of Bostons left handed heavy lineup. I don’t think they’ll be dead for too much longer they have some pretty good bats that aren’t hitting just yet.

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