Curtis Granderson played his first game this season as the New York Yankees rallied from a 3-0 deficit at home to beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3.
Granderson, who hit a team-leading 43 home runs last season, broke his forearm Feb. 24 when he was hit by Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ during his first at-bat of Major League Baseball spring training. Yankees manager Joe Girardi put him in left field last night, a position he last played in 2007. Granderson usually plays center field.
“It was like another opening day,” Granderson told reporters. “Nerves coming into it, since it’s the first game of the 2013 season, to be here in Yankee Stadium.”
Kyle Seager drove in Michael Saunders in the third inning last night at Yankee Stadium to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead. Raul Ibanez’s two-run homer in the sixth put Seattle ahead 3-0.
Granderson, who went 0-for-3, scored on Lyle Overbay’s double in the sixth. Robinson Cano had a two-run double in the seventh to tie the game at 3-3 and Overbay followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in Cano.
CC Sabathia struck out 10 batters and gave up Seattle’s three runs on 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings. Shawn Kelley (2-0) got the win after relieving Sabathia and Mariano Rivera struck out one in the ninth for his 16th save.
Charlie Furbush (0-2) took the loss after surrendering two runs on one hit and three walks in one-third of an inning.
Shortstop Derek Jeter, first baseman Mark Teixeira, third baseman Alex Rodriguez, infielders Kevin Youkilis and Eduardo Nunez, and catcher Francisco Cervelli remain on New York’s disabled list.
The Yankees lead the American League East by two games over the Baltimore Orioles.