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Dubious honor for Grandy

10/8/2012

With his demotion to eighth in the Yankees' lineup tonight for Game 2 against the Orioles, Curtis Granderson becomes the Yankee with the most home runs to hit that low in a postseason batting order, in recent memory anyway.

Famously, or infamously, Joe Torre dropped Alex Rodriguez to eighth in the order for Game 4 of the 2006 ALDS against the Tigers, a season in which A-Rod had hit 35 home runs. And three years earlier, Torre had slotted Jason Giambi seventh for a couple of games in the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox and the World Series against the Florida Marlins. Giambi hit 41 home runs that year.

But Granderson, who led the team with 43 home runs, is the clubhouse leader for most production/lowest postseason batting order slot so far.

"Our lineup’s deep and we got some guys back, so against the lefty we put him in the eighth slot," Joe Girardi said. "This is a guy who’s produced a lot of runs for us and we feel we’re pretty deep."

Grandy also struck out a franchise-record 195 times this season, hit just .218 against lefties and is just 1-for-8 lifetime against tonight's Orioles starter, Wei-Yin Chen, although the one hit was a home run.