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Sunday, September 9, 2012
First Pitch: The Grandyman can't

By Andrew Marchand



The postgame clubhouse on Saturday was a chaotic one, and lost in all of it is that Curtis Granderson is a major issue.

During the Yankees' slump, I have written more than once that Granderson is the biggest problem. Twice on Saturday he didn't come through, most notably in the eighth when he popped up out with the tying runs on base against lefty Brian Matusz.

In the postgame, where everything went nuts, I asked Girardi if he thought about pinch-hitting for Granderson. Granderson hadn't started on Saturday, but had already struck out with two men on in the sixth.

With a lefty on the mound, Girardi could have turned to Steve Pearce, whom they acquired to face lefties and had hit a homer on Friday. Girardi said he didn't consider it, but he didn't snap at that one. With 168 strikeouts by Granderson, the second most in baseball, the question was legit because Pearce may have been a better option.

This is a major problem.

UP NOW: My column on the clubhouse chaos. Everything you need to know. Plus, Mark Teixeira is hurt and ripping the umps.

ON DECK: The finale of this four-gamer as Freddy Garcia (7-6, 5.09 ERA) vs. Zach Britton (5-1, 4.15 ERA).

IN THE HOLE: I will be on with Ian O'Connor on ESPN New York 98.7 FM at 9:30.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What is your biggest concern with this team?