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Granderson leads off for second straight game

NEW YORK -- For the second straight day, Curtis Granderson batted at the top of the order in an effort to break up the Yankees' left-handed bats.

With Seattle right-hander Felix Hernandez on the hill on Saturday, manager Joe Girardi decided to go with the same left-handed-heavy lineup that scored four runs over six innings against right-hander Kevin Millwood on Friday night.

"The big thing is, you're trying to set your lineup up so it's hard for the other team to get through, and you hope it works," Girardi said. "Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't. Your hope is just to make it tougher on the other manager."

Saturday was Granderson's fifth game this season in which he's been slotted at the top of the order. Granderson entered Saturday as a career .272 hitter in the leadoff spot.

NEW YORK -- For the second straight day, Curtis Granderson batted at the top of the order in an effort to break up the Yankees' left-handed bats.

With Seattle right-hander Felix Hernandez on the hill on Saturday, manager Joe Girardi decided to go with the same left-handed-heavy lineup that scored four runs over six innings against right-hander Kevin Millwood on Friday night.

"The big thing is, you're trying to set your lineup up so it's hard for the other team to get through, and you hope it works," Girardi said. "Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't. Your hope is just to make it tougher on the other manager."

Saturday was Granderson's fifth game this season in which he's been slotted at the top of the order. Granderson entered Saturday as a career .272 hitter in the leadoff spot.

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