Granderson’s 3-HR’s Lifts Yankees
Curtis Granderson smacked 3-HR's on a on a five-hit, four-RBI night as the Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 7-6 on Thursday night in the Bronx.
Granderson had all three-blasts in the first four innings helping New York overcome an early 4-0 deficit, caused by an Eduardo Nunez first inning error.
Nunez made a poor throw to first, pulling Mark Texeira off the bag, setting up runners on first and second base with just one out. Starter Phil Hughes struck out Josh Willingham, but Ryan Doumit and Danny Velencia both followed with two-out hits, each driving in a pair.
Hughes (1-2) picked up his first win with a final line of 5 1/3 innings with six hits and six runs, but just two earned.
Granderson's first two jacks came off Minnesota starter Anthony Swerzak (0-3), who gave up six earned on eight hits.
Derek Jeter was 1 for 5 with an RBI. That hit ties Jeter for 18th place on the all-time hits list (3,110) with one of his childhood idols, Dave Winfield. Mark Texieri had two hits and a home run, his first of the season, as New York earned a four-game split with the Twins (4-9).
Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth for his third save.
Ivan Nova (2-0) looks to extend his incredible win streak to 15-straight decisions when the Yankees visit Boston on Friday afternoon at 3:05, to start a three-game set. Clay Buchholz will get the ball for the Red Sox, who will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first game at Fenway Park - April 20, 1912 as Boston beating the New York Highlanders 7-6. The Yanks will wear throw-back Highlander uniforms for the game.