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Granderson rests hamstring in series finale vs. O's

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Granderson rests hamstring in series finale vs. O's
NEW YORK -- Curtis Granderson was out of the Yankees' lineup for Sunday's series finale with tendinitis in his right hamstring, which forced the center fielder from Saturday's 4-3 win after two innings. Manager Joe Girardi said Granderson might get another day off for Monday's series opener against Tampa Bay, but he appeared unconcerned that the issue would linger.

"Usually with some rest and medication, you can rid yourself of tendinitis," Girardi said. "The good news is he didn't pull anything, but we're going to have to give him a day or two."

September callup Chris Dickerson started in place of Granderson in center field, hitting eighth, on Sunday. Eric Chavez and Raul Ibanez moved into the four and five spots in the lineup, respectively, where Granderson appeared of late. Chavez marked the Yankees' fourth different cleanup hitter in the past five games since they lost Mark Teixeira to a Grade 1 left calf strain. The cleanup hitters are 2-for-14 in that stretch, with two runs, two RBIs, and one Granderson home run.

"We've had to put some guys in there that usually don't hit fourth, but it's what we have to do," Girardi said. "These guys have tried to grind out their at-bats. Hopefully you get some guys back."

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