Curtis Granderson hit his 20th home run of the season in the fourth inning today; four innings later, Mark Teixeira hit his 19th. And while no one is expecting a Mantle-Maris situation to play out over the rest of the year, the Yankees are enjoying watching their back-to-back hitters try to keep up with each other.
“Hopefully we can do it all season,” Teixeira said. “I like those kind of competitions.”
Granderson’s power continues to amaze. He’s now homered in three straight games and is only four homers away from his total for all of last season. He’s also never come close to hitting 20 home runs this early in a season. In 2009, when he hit 30, he got to No. 20 on July 27; in 2007, 2008 and 2010, he didn’t get there until September.
What does Teixeira see from Granderson as he watches from the on-deck circle?
“His swing is consistent,” Teixeira said. “Whenever he gets a pitch to drive, he doesn’t miss it.”
* Everyone could use a hug sometimes, right? Well that’s an AP shot of Granderson getting one from A.J. Burnett after Granderson’s home run today.