Granderson faces Tigers for first time

Granderson faces Tigers for first time

NEW YORK -- Having missed the Yankees' earlier trip to Detroit this season, Curtis Granderson was looking forward to finally facing his former team.

"It's going to be fun," Granderson said before Monday's game. "I got a chance to talk to some of the guys and the coaching staff beforehand. I'm just looking forward to going up against guys that used to be my teammates."

It will be interesting for Granderson to step into the batters' box against pitchers he's used to watching from center field. Granderson owns only six career at-bats against Detroit pitchers -- three each off Phil Coke and Max Scherzer, who were involved in the trade that sent Granderson to New York.

"For the other guys, 300 feet away, it's a little difficult to see exactly what's going on," Granderson said. "The only slight advantage either one of us might have is we've had chances during Detroit Spring Training to go against one another."

For his part, Granderson is feeling a bit more comfortable in the box after sitting down with hitting coach Kevin Long and fine-tuning his swing last week. Granderson said he was just trying to quiet down some movement and get his hands into proper position on a more consistent basis.

The early returns have been fairly promising, with Granderson picking up four hits over the weekend in Kansas City.

"We made the adjustment, and it feels comfortable at the plate," Granderson said. "The results, one way or another, hasn't been the concern right now. Once you make a change like that, you start to feel comfortable with it, and that's where you want to be."

"I don't think he's a .240 hitter," manager Joe Girardi said. "I think his at-bats have been much better since his little adjustment."