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A nice little stroll down memory lane. I think Curtis Granderson’s catch in the first inning last night deserves some recognition. Maybe not a “Classic Moment”, but definitely worth significant recognition.
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For a center fielder, the low line drive heading directly toward you is as tricky a play as there is.
"It's like you're standing in the middle of the road, and you've got a truck coming at you," Yankees third base coach Rob Thomson said.
The center fielder, robbed of depth perception, is unable to judge the ball's distance as it speeds toward him. His...
New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson made the play of the young MLB playoffs last night, robbing Jhonny Peralta of extra bases with this spectacular grab against the Tigers on Tuesday: Granderson is a leading candidate for the AL MVP award after posting regular season numbers of 43 home runs and leading the AL in [...]
Curtis Granderson made two spectacular catches against his former team and A.J. Burnett came through when the Yankees needed him most, leading New York past the Detroit Tigers 10-1 Tuesday night to send their AL playoff series back to the Bronx for a decisive Game 5.
Derek Jeter bounced back from a game-ending strikeout Monday, putting the Yankees ahead to stay with a two-run double...
What Joe Girardi didn't realize was that, when it was all over, Curtis Granderson was going to be credited with the save. A.J. Burnett was the first to acknowledge that, noting afterward that Granderson's running catch of Don Kelly's rising liner to center with two outs and the bases loaded in the first inning was what helped him deliver perhaps the biggest 5-2/3 innings...
A.J. Burnett salvaged his much-maligned season and the New York Yankees staved off playoff elimination because of a pair of magnificent game-saving catches by centerfielder Curtis Granderson. New York defeated the Detroit Tigers, 10-1, at Comerica Park on Tuesday night to even the ALDS at two games apiece and force a Game 5.
Nobody was happier for Granderson's acrobatic catches...
How big was Curtis Granderson's catch in the first inning? I absolutely think the catch by Granderson was a game-saving catch and a lot like the catch Austin Jackson made in Game 2 when Derek Jeter led off the game deep to center and he ran it down. For A. Burnett to walk three batters in the first inning and get out of that without giving up a run, it was most definitely a turning point....
DETROIT Before it turned into a complete blowout, A.J. Burnett made a statement Tuesday that he's not finished just yet.
Burnett contained the Detroit Tigers' bats for 5 23 innings on a night when his New York Yankees were on the brink of elimination.
Burnett vowed to "let A.J. loose," and he did it better than most believed possible based on how he had pitched...
Even Philadelphia public radio is chiming in with "Phillies Fever," Curtis Granderson makes two thrilling catches for the Yankees and the collision between the Rays' Sean Rodriguez and Rangers catcher Mike Napoli is worth a little analysis.
Both Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter have Michigan ties, so why does Granderson get cheered at Detroit's Comerica Park and Jeter gets booed?
In the end, perhaps only Curtis Granderson's retreating, stumbling catch of a scalded line drive with the bases loaded in the first inning saved A.J. Burnett from the worst baseball night of his life. But, hey, give the guy his due. Burnett grabbed on to that life preserver and, for the moment at least, used it to save the Yankees' season and force Game 5 in the Bronx Thursday.
21) Honestly, four playoff games in one day is a bit too much20) Curtis Granderson kind of made the Tigers regret moving him19) It was nice of the Tigers to help their fans spread out the traffic jam late18) Russell Martin almost got lapped by Jesus Montero17) Tigers in five felt a lot better when Justin Verlander was getting the start16) Yankee Fan was nearly as surprised by AJ...
You can hate the Yankees, and you can even hate New York, but you can't hate Curtis Granderson. It's impossible. It would be like hating sunshine or vacation. And that makes Tuesday night's game a special brand of excruciation for Tigers fans. Granderson, the former Tigers centerfielder, was at the center of this Yankees victory.
A.J. Burnett saves the Yankees, to everyone's surprise, but the Tigers are feeling the sting of Curtis Granderson's spectacular catches.
DETROIT - A.J. Burnett was on the rocks and the Yankees' season seemed as if it were about to follow that ruinous route.
And it only was the first inning.
Yet, with one spectacular, bases-loaded catch Tuesday night, Curtis Granderson helped turn around his club's fortunes and guided them to a winner-take-all AL Division Series finale.
In the face of elimination, Burnett...