With his spot in the rotation suddenly secure, David Phelps delivered the longest start of his career. But even in a 9-4 win against the Rays, the Yankees still managed to lose. Less than two weeks after returning from a broken forearm, outfielder Curtis Granderson broke his left pinky when he was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning. Granderson stayed in the game to run the bases, but X-rays at Tropicana Field revealed the damage. Before news of the injury, this seemed to be a good day for the Yankees. Mark Teixeira was hopeful of getting back in the lineup soon, the lineup scored it’s second-most runs since April 19 and Phelps retired the first 13 batters he faced. Phelps ultimately went 7.2 innings, with three of his four earned runs coming in the sixth inning, which was the only time he had real trouble. The bottom four hitters in the Yankees lineup each had two hits.
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