- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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The New York Yankees lost to the Boston Red Sox, 5-4, on Friday night.
Just don’t blame the defeat on center fielder Curtis Granderson.
Granderson, the club’s hottest hitter, went 2-for-5 with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning that pulled the Yankees within just a run of the Red Sox. He also tripled and scored on a wild pitch in the eighth.
Granderson, who leads the Yankees with 26 RBIs, now has three three-base hits to go along with his 12 home runs. He’s currently tied in the long-ball department with Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista for the major league lead.
“It’s been a battle. A constant battle,” Granderson said, “because I started the game off with two strike outs. But then I just continued to stay positive. Continued to work. Continued to battle and continued to talk with [hitting coach] Kevin Long, and just make adjustments as the game goes on.
“That’s the big thing, making adjustments three, four or five at-bats into the game, and not letting the first at-bat or the worst at-bat carry over throughout the game.”