Curtis Granderson hit a grand slam against his former team in the second inning, and CC Sabathia made the lead hold up after a shaky start, helping the New York Yankees to a 9-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
Alex Rodriguez added a two-run homer in the ninth for New York.
It was tied at 1 when Granderson cleared the bases with a drive just inside the pole in right field off left-hander Casey Crosby (0-1), who was making his major league debut.
Sabathia (7-2) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings. New York used five relievers. Rafael Soriano came on with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth. He got Miguel Cabrera to ground into a double play for his seventh save.
Crosby allowed six runs and four hits in 3 1-3 innings. He walked four - all in the second - and struck out three.
Derek Jeter had two hits and scored a run for the Yankees.
Ramon Santiago hit a solo homer for Detroit, and Quintin Berry had three hits, finishing a homer shy of the cycle....