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Granderson Breaks Pinkie Knuckle in Yankees’ 9-4 Defeat of Rays

Yankees right fielder Curtis Granderson broke the knuckle on his left pinkie finger in New York’s 9-4 Major League Baseball win against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Granderson, who returned to the team on May 14, was injured when he was hit by Cesar Ramos’s pitch in the fifth inning. Granderson missed the first 38 games of the season after breaking his right forearm when he was hit by pitch in his first spring training at-bat.

“It is what it is,” Granderson told reporters. “Another bump in the road. You can’t change it right now, you’ve got to move forward.”

Granderson will see a hand specialist in New York on May 27. Manager Joe Girardi said he could miss at least four weeks.

“I’m happy that we won the game, but you lost a really good player,” Girardi said. “That’s never a good thing.”

The Yankees have been plagued by injuries this season. The disabled list includes Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Andy Pettitte, Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis.

In last night’s game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, Lyle Overbay hit a two-run double and Jayson Nix added a run-scoring single in the second inning to give New York a 3-0 lead.

Brett Gardner hit a two-run homer in the fourth and the Yankees (29-18) added three more runs in the fifth to take an 8-0 lead. New York is in first place in the American League East, one game ahead of the Boston Red Sox and five games over the Rays (24-23).

Yankees starting pitcher David Phelps (3-2) left the game in the bottom of the eighth inning when he was hit in the right arm by a line drive. He gave up four runs on six hits and struck out three in 7 2/3 innings for the win.

Roberto Hernandez (2-5) allowed five runs on six hits and struck out three in four innings.

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