Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/10/12
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Curtis Granderson has struggled badly through the second half, but the New York Yankees are hoping his big day Sunday will help spark his bat down the stretch.

Granderson didn't start against the Baltimore Orioles in the series finale, but he hit a home run as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning, then had a pair of two-run hits to finish his day with three hits and five RBI, only the fourth time all season he's had three hits in a game.

"One of those things where you don't know exactly what it is," Granderson said of his slump. "Physically everything felt fine. Mechanically everything looked right, whether it be from video or from (hitting coach) Kevin Long's perspective. It just felt like, for whatever reason, balls that I was going ahead and attacking, which were strikes, (I was) just a tick off for whatever reason."

Granderson had hit .165 with six home runs and 23 RBI in his previous 39 games, striking out 51 times in 133 at-bats. His 168 strikeouts rank second in the AL.

"We've got a lot of baseball left to play; I never wrote myself off by any means," Granderson said. "I don't think anybody else did.

"As a team we were still able to pick up wins when we needed to, and even as a whole, we're still not all clicking the way we want to. A couple of guys are getting a hot, a couple of guys are cooling off. Hopefully get a chance in the next couple of series to get everybody locked in at the same time."

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