Granderson matched his teammate with a solo shot to right-center leading off the seventh for a 10-2 lead.
The Yankees narrowly avoided what would've been their biggest blown division lead in team history — they led by six games in 1933 and finished seven back of the original Washington Senators.
This summer's skid was brought on as CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Rodriguez got hurt. The Yankees stumbled through August — often looking old and tired. But New York went 19-8 down the stretch, thanks to two stirring comeback victories led by 40-year-old Raul Ibanez.
Girardi thinks the group was able to make a run after losing the division lead because they were old — well, experienced.
"I think having that experience in there when it got to zero no one panicked," he said of the division lead. "They had the same personality every day. The looseness, some of the guys were goofy."
NOTES: Jeter led the AL with 216 hits and finished with 99 runs. ... The Yankees won the season series 13-5, their most wins since 2001. ... There were 232 home runs at Yankee Stadium, up from 208 last year. ... The Yankees had a home attendance of 3,542,406, their lowest in four seasons at new Yankee Stadium. ... The Red Sox hired Eddie Bane as a special assistant, player personnel. Bane spent the last two seasons as a scout for the Detroit Tigers. He was director of scouting for the Angels from 2004-10. Among the players picked under his direction: Jered Weaver, Kendrys Morales, Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout.
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