08/26/12 6:35 PM ET
Granderson humbled by 200-homer plateau
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
Granderson clubbed the milestone blast in the sixth inning of the Yankees' 4-2 victory over the Indians on Sunday at Progressive Field, taking reliever Tony Sipp deep over the right-field wall.
"It's cool to have accomplished it," Granderson said. "I didn't really know I was coming up on it until my aunt told me about it yesterday. It was neat to get it, and then I heard about the number of guys on our team that have done it, so the fact that we're all together on one team is pretty neat.
"It speaks a lot about what the organization is doing, and wants to do, by assembling that many guys on one team."
Granderson found a bucket of Moet & Chandon Champagne waiting on ice at his locker in acknowledgement of the feat, and his locker nameplate had been replaced by one reading "200."
The Yankees now have eight players with at least 200 career homers on their current roster, with Granderson joining Alex Rodriguez, Andruw Jones, Mark Teixeira, Raul Ibanez, Derek Jeter, Eric Chavez and Nick Swisher.
Still, Granderson considers himself a line-drive hitter who happens to hit the ball out of the park, and that doesn't figure to be changing any time soon.
"If I hit 500, maybe I might," Granderson said. "Yeah, that would put me in that [home run hitting] category."
Awaiting first child, Robertson maintains focus
CLEVELAND -- Compared to the emotional swings of David Robertson's week on the road, getting four outs in the Yankees' 4-2 victory over the Indians on Sunday was practically a breeze.
The reliever has been eagerly waiting for word from New York, where his wife, Erin, is expecting the couple's first child. Her due date was last Sunday, so Robertson admits he has been a bit on edge of late.
"I get a little nervous, especially when people text me in the morning at 9 a.m. and I'm still asleep," Robertson said. "I'm like, 'Uh-oh.' I've got my phone on loud, so I'm not sure who it is and I freak out for a second."
Robertson said he "can't wait" to welcome the newborn, which the couple already knows is a boy, but he said this "has been a bit of a nerve-rattling week" and urged his teammates to hurry to dress for the club's charter flight back to New York.
Robertson said that his concentration on the field hasn't been affected, though.
"When it comes to the game, when I'm in there, I'm not worried about anything else except getting my outs and helping us win the game," Robertson said.
Hits beginning to fall in for Cano
CLEVELAND -- The Yankees are hopeful that Robinson Cano is busting out of his recent skid, as the second baseman had logged extra-base hits in each of his last three games entering play on Sunday.
"He's had some hits lately," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I looked at his at-bats in Chicago; he lined out a couple times, hit the ball pretty hard. I think he's swinging the bat pretty good."
Cano has gone 6-for-18 on the Yankees' current road trip, which concludes on Sunday. Girardi said that he believes Cano's funk was largely a product of hitting the ball in the wrong places.
"He's had some bad luck," Girardi said. "Hitters go through things they're going to go through. We faced a lot of tough lefties in a streak where maybe he didn't have quite as many hits as we've seen in the past.
"He hit a ball off the wall [on Saturday], a double, had a couple of hits. He's swinging all right."
In his career against the Indians, Cano has hit .345 (68-for-197), his highest average against any American League opponent. He has hit safely in 18 of his last 20 games against Cleveland since the beginning of the 2010 season.
Girardi: 'Significant progress' for Pettitte, A-Rod
CLEVELAND -- The Yankees could receive good news from their medical staff on Monday, when Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte are examined in New York.
Rodriguez's left hand and Pettitte's left leg are scheduled to be examined, and manager Joe Girardi is hopeful he will hear that both players are progressing in their best-case scenarios.
"Basically, [we hope] they would be turned loose to do what they need to do -- that we can get Andy off a mound, that we can get Alex taking regular BP," Girardi said.
Girardi said that he has seen "significant progress" from both players this week, so he would not be surprised if Rodriguez and Pettitte are cleared to ramp up their activity.
Even when Rodriguez is cleared to begin taking batting practice, Girardi said the Yankees do not have a date in mind for his return.
"You just have to see how the hand responds," Girardi said, "how it responds every day to the vibration and how he feels. Right now, he feels good, but he's done tee-and-toss."
Senator John Glenn -- the first American to orbit the Earth -- threw out Sunday's ceremonial first pitch to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first space flight.
On Saturday, Hiroki Kuroda became the first Yankees pitcher to record a complete-game loss while allowing four hits or fewer since A.J. Burnett, who lost, 1-0, to the Royals on Aug. 15, 2010, in Kansas City.
On this date in 1960, the Yankees hit five home runs in a 7-6 walk-off victory over the Indians, including Yogi Berra's 11th-inning solo blast. The Yankees also tied an AL record with four pinch-hits in the contest.