Curtis Granderson was slotted back in the two hole and came up big for New York going 2-for-5 including two home runs, a solo shot in the fourth and a two run jack in the seventh giving him 37 on the season. The Yankees hope Granderson is coming out of his slump with three home runs in his last 10 at bats.
Derek Jeter went 2-for-5 and is one hit away from tying Willie Mays on the all-time hits list at 3,283.
David Phelps started for the Yankees and pitched an excellent game going 5 2/3 innings and gave up only one run on five hits while striking out five and walking one. Phelps threw 93 pitches which 59 went for strikes. The young right-hander was able to get out of a couple of jams with strikeouts and inducing double plays. Too bad for it was probably his last time in the rotation with Andy Pettitte ready to come back. Phelps has shown the Yankees enough this year to set himself up for a possible rotation spot next year.
New York opened the scoring in the top of the fourth with Granderson's lead off solo shot followed by Robinson Cano's two run dinger making it a 3-0 lead. Boston would get one in the bottom of the frame on a single by James Loney scoring Dustin Pedroia from second.
Jeter would single in the seventh and score on Granderson's second homer of the game, making it 5-1. Boston would score two runs in the bottom of the seventh off of Joba Chamberlain on a ground out and a double by Mike Aviles putting the score at 5-4..
Jeter would come up limping trying to beat out a double play ball in the eighth inning and leave the game. Derek originally injured his left ankle in Tampa Bay and has been playing through the bone bruise.
Manager Joe Girardi would mix and match after lifting Phelps in the sixth using six relievers to secure the win. Rafael Soriano would give up a solo shot to Jarrod Saltalamacchia making the score 5-4, but Soriano would finish Boston off for his 37th save of the season.
In tomorrow's finale Phil Hughes will take the mound for the Yankees against Felix Doubront for the Red Sox in the 7:10 p.m start.
Manager Joe Girardi said in his post game interview that Derek Jeter will try and play tomorrow.
Ivan Nova will return to the rotation on Saturday against Tampa Bay in place of Freddy Garcia.
Andy Pettitte threw 55 pitches in a simulated game and said that he could throw 60-65 hard pitches without being concerned. Pettitte will see Dr. Chris Ahmad in New York on Friday and if he gets the all clear he could pitch next Tuesday in place of David Phelps.
Nick Swisher went 3-for-5 tonight and is 5-for-10 in this series.
The Yankees and Orioles remain tied for first, but Tampa Bay drops three games behind the leaders.
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