Yankees 9, Tigers 4

Curtis Granderson took a while to return to his locker after New

York’s impressive win over Detroit on Friday night.

The slugging outfielder has been battling a cough recently – but

he’s been able to play anyway.

”I feel fine,” Granderson said. ”That’s the crazy


Granderson had reason to feel good. His grand slam against his

former team in the second inning helped the Yankees to a 9-4

victory and snapped New York out of an extended funk with the bases


The Yankees were 8 for 54 with the bases full this season before

Granderson’s drive down the right-field line off Detroit rookie

Casey Crosby.

”That inning just got away from me,” Crosby said. ”By that

point, I was trying too hard to get something over the plate, and I

left a fastball where Granderson could put a huge swing on


CC Sabathia made the lead hold up after a shaky start, and Alex

Rodriguez added a two-run homer in the ninth for New York.

It was tied at 1 when Granderson cleared the bases with a drive

just inside the pole in right field off Crosby, a left-hander

making his major league debut.

Sabathia (7-2) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven

innings. New York used five relievers. Rafael Soriano came on with

the bases loaded and one out in the ninth. He got Miguel Cabrera to

ground into a double play for his seventh save.

”You’ve got to go out and battle,” Sabathia said. ”I felt

like that’s what it was today. It was a battle.”

Crosby allowed six runs and four hits in 3 1-3 innings. He

walked four – all in the second – and struck out three.

Derek Jeter had two hits and scored a run for the Yankees.

Ramon Santiago hit a solo homer for Detroit, and Quintin Berry

had three hits, finishing a homer shy of the cycle.

Crosby was recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Toledo to

start in place of the injured Doug Fister. He made it through the

first inning OK, and the Tigers took the lead when Berry hit a

leadoff triple and scored on Danny Worth’s single.

But on a drizzly night at Comerica Park, the rain picked up a

bit in the top of the second, and Crosby walked the bases loaded.

The rain let up a bit, and play was never halted. With two outs,

Crosby walked Jeter on a 3-2 pitch to force in a run.

”The big thing with this team is just – pass it to the next

guy,” Granderson said.

Granderson was the next guy, and he followed with his 17th homer

of the year.

Granderson was traded from Detroit to New York after the 2009


Detroit chipped away in the third with Santiago’s homer and an

RBI single by Prince Fielder, but Brennan Boesch struck out to

leave the bases loaded.

Detroit came into the game with a .114 average with the bases

loaded – even worse than New York’s.

The Yankees came back with a run in the fourth on an RBI single

by Chris Stewart.

Detroit had men on first and second in the sixth when Omir

Santos hit a grounder up the middle. But second baseman Robinson

Cano was playing near the bag and made a nice stop on the opposite

side of it. He tagged the base and threw to first for a double play

to end the inning.

Andruw Jones hit a run-scoring double in the eighth to make it


Detroit had men on first and third with one out in the eighth

after Delmon Young’s third hit of the game. Pinch-hitter Jhonny

Peralta hit a sacrifice fly, but that was it for the Tigers.

Rodriguez, who struck out three times, hit a towering drive to

left-center in the ninth for his eighth homer.

NOTES: Detroit DH Gerald Laird left the game with right

hamstring tightness after diving head first into first base for an

infield single in the sixth. … Yankees OF Brett Gardner (strained

right elbow) took some batting practice in the cage Friday, and

manager Joe Girardi says he thinks it’s possible he could be back

next weekend or the series after that. … New York RHP David

Robertson (strained oblique) is expected to throw a bullpen session

this weekend. … Detroit RHP Rick Porcello (3-4) takes on New York

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (4-6) on Saturday night.