NEW YORK -- Curtis Granderson jumped into the cleanup spot for the first time as a Yankee on Sunday against the Red Sox, bringing his team-leading 32 homers into the No. 4 slot in the club's batting order.
"He's been swinging the bat pretty good the last couple of days," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He's had some success off [Boston starter Josh] Beckett as well. With some of our guys out, I just felt I'd put Curtis there."
Granderson entered play on Sunday with 10 hits in 36 career at-bats against Beckett (.278), owning three home runs and two triples. He had just five hits in his last 29 at-bats but had homered in back-to-back games.
"He went through somewhat of a difficult time, but he seems to be coming out of it," Girardi said. "Maybe it was the couple of days off that we gave him that seemed to help him. I like the way he's swinging now."