Granderson went 5-for-5 and hit home runs in the first, second and fourth innings at Yankee Stadium last night to became the 20th Yankee to hit at least three homers in a Major League Baseball regular-season game. Mark Teixeira added a two-run homer in the first for New York (7-6).
“A lot of work went into today before we stepped on the field,” Granderson said. “I was struggling to get myself in a good position to be able to do things when I wanted to do it. That’s what we worked on today.”
Granderson, who marked his 12th career multi-homer game, is the first Yankee to collect at least five hits and at least three home runs in a single game.
“You don’t see that very often,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “So he should cherish it and it’s fun to watch as a manager.”
Shortstop Derek Jeter got his 3,110th career hit with a second-inning single to tie former Yankee Dave Winfield for 18th place on baseball’s career list.
“I hope he pauses for just a moment to admire the view with me and then keeps on going,” Hall of Famer Winfield said last night in a statement. “This is just one more achievement in an incredible career.”
Ryan Doumit hit a two-run single in the first and a two-run homer in the sixth to drive in four runs for the Twins (4-9).
Yankees starter Phil Hughes (1-2) gave up six runs on six hits and struck out four for the win.
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