NEW YORK -- Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson often faced Rangers left-hander Cliff Lee when both were playing in the American League Central. Granderson was a member of the Tigers, while Lee pitched for the Indians.
During his career against Lee, Granderson is 12-for-42 (.286) with a homer and three RBIs. Granderson said he has seen two versions of Lee on the mound. From 2005-07, according to Granderson, Lee pitched at a much slower pace.
But Lee changed his pitching technique the year he won the American League Cy Young Award, in 2008, as a member of the Indians.
"He bounced back with a Cy Young performance, and that's when he started working fast," Granderson said. "His percentage of strikes started to go up a little bit higher. The approach hasn't changed too much, except that you have to be ready to go.
"I'm still going to look for something to hit. But he is putting it in a spot where you can't do much with it. You have to hopefully take the little bit you can and realize that you are not going to do a ton with it. But if you get a hit here, a small hit there, it could end up being big."