Results tagged ‘ Curtis Granderson ’
Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson has been scratched from tonight’s lineup against the Blue Jays with right elbow soreness.
Curtis Granderson weighed in on the American League MVP award, won by the Tigers’ Justin Verlander, during an appearance this afternoon at PS 19X in the Bronx.
“It’s great,” he said. “You look at a lot of different reasons why the person should be voted in that, and Verlander did anything and everything to help his team win as many ballgames as possible. Being a former teammate of his, a friend of his, I just have to give congratulations to him – not only for that, but for the Cy Young Award. It couldn’t have gone to a better guy.”
Granderson was at the school to help unveil a renovated playground and take part in a Wiffle ball challenge. He hit seven home runs, raising $700 for the school’s nutrition program, but the American Dairy Association more than doubled the number and donated $1,500 in all.
Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson reacted Thursday to winning the 2011 American League Silver Slugger Awards at their respective positions. The award is the third for Cano (also 2006 and 2010), and the first for Granderson.
ROBINSON CANO: “It’s something I enjoy. It means you had a great season, which is what you’re looking for. You get home and work hard in the offseason and you’re looking forward to this award at the end of the season. … I just say thanks to my dad (Jose). He’s the one that works with me during the offseason and helps me make sure I’m going to keep working harder every year.”
CURTIS GRANDERSON: “It’s definitely an honor and a privilege to be selected. It’s good, but at the same time, it’s never been a goal of mine. I don’t go through the season saying, ‘I want that,’ but if it ends up happening, it’s definitely great. But the team stuff is always the big picture. That’s what the goal is right now, even as we sit here in Taiwan right now.”
Granderson also said that he wasn’t expecting to win a Silver Slugger.
“Not for the reasons I got it for,” he said. “From my understanding, I thought it went to the highest average at the position, and maybe one day I can go ahead and improve in that category, which I’m still trying my best to do, and hopefully be that much more of a well-rounded hitter.”
Granderson heard about Sabathia’s extension in Taiwan, where he is helping lead a squad of Major Leaguers – including teammate Robinson Cano – on an international trip.
“It’s a great thing,” Granderson said. “It’s a bit of a relief, not only on their side, but just knowing that he’s happy, too. When you have a player that’s happy, he’s going to be able to go out there and perform at his best. And sure enough, he is happy and that’s the reason why he’s definitely remaining.”
Sabathia’s new deal guarantees him $122 million over five years. There’s also a vesting $25 million option for 2017, and Granderson considers it all money well spent.
“We saw him adapt and get in the way he did, and have success the way he did, and just continue to get better and better,” Granderson said. “And it’s the place to do it, on the biggest stage in all of baseball. Anything else besides the New York Yankees – especially after winning the ring and the Cy Young as he has in the past and with the potential to do it again – I didn’t expect anything different but for him to be in pinstripes.”
Thanks to MLB.com’s Doug Miller for catching up with Granderson in Taiwan.
TORONTO — Will Canada see history? Well, there’s at least a chance. Joe Girardi was asked pregame today if there was any way he’d put somebody else in if there’s a save situation so that Mariano Rivera can get the saves record at Yankee Stadium (where the Yanks begin an eight-game homestand Monday). The answer was what you’d expect: Not a chance.
Girardi did nail down his rotation for early next week: Ivan Nova will pitch on Tuesday, CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes will start Wednesday’s doubleheader (not sure what order yet) and Bartolo Colon will go on Thursday. As for the lineup? Joe wants to give some guys a little rest.
“The guys have been going so hard, I figured we have an important 10 days coming up, try to give them a little bit of a blow,” Girardi said. “[Curtis Granderson] and [Derek Jeter] have really struggled against [Brandon] Morrow in their career, and I just thought today would be the day.”
Without further ado …
Brett Gardner, LF
Eduardo Nunez, 2B
Robinson Cano, DH
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Nick Swisher, RF
Eric Chavez, 1B
Russell Martin, C
Chris Dickerson, LF
Ramiro Pena, SS
Pitching: RH Freddy Garcia (11-7, 3.71 ERA)
BLUE JAYS (76-75)
Mike McCoy, SS
Eric Thames, LF
Jose Bautista, RF
Adam Lind, DH
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
Kelly Johnson, 2B
Brett Lawrie, 3B
Colby Rasmus, CF
J.P. Arencibia, C
Pitching: Morrow (9-11, 5.23 ERA)
Some links from Saturday …
* Yanks win, Mo ties the save record, A-Rod goes deep, Grandy gets to 40
* Rivera one away from saves record
* Yankees Notebook, on A-Rod, Hughes, CC, Posada, etc.
* Mo can set record as Yanks try to lower number