Tigers vs. Yankees: Curtis Granderson Extends Lead

Even though he allowed a run, A.J. Burnett worked out of a jam in the bottom of the fourth, and kept the score at 2-1 New York. Now, in the top of the fifth, the Yankees have added on against Rick Porcello.

It all began with singles by Russell Martin and Brett Gardner. It looked like the Tigers got a break when Derek Jeter laid down a bunt and Porcello and Wilson Betemit combined on a terrific force play at third to get the lead runner...

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...but the next batter was Curtis Granderson, and he got an 0-and-2 fastball up in the zone that Porcello didn't mean to leave up in the zone. Granderson pounded the mistake off the right field wall for a run-scoring double that put the Yankees up 3-1.

An intentional walk and an Alex Rodriguez sac fly later, the Yankees' lead was up to three runs, and though Porcello ended the inning with a called strikeout of Mark Teixeira - Porcello's fifth strikeout of the game - that was a big inning for New York, as the lineup has given A.J. Burnett some breathing room. What remains to be seen is whether he'll breathe.

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