No. 40 puts Curtis in grand company

September, 24, 2012
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Curtis GrandersonESPN Stats & Informationtbd by editor
Curtis Granderson absolutely crushed a Liam Hendriks fastball halfway up the right-field bleachers 437 feet from home plate to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead over the Twins in the fourth inning tonight at Target Practice Field.

It was Granderson's team-leading 40th home run of the season and placed his name on a pretty exclusive list.

In all of Yankees history, only four other players -- Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and -- wait for it -- Jason Giambi have ever had back-to-back 40 home run seasons.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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