Curtis Granderson's homer propels Yankees to season-opening series win in Boston

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In the 10th inning of a 1-1 game on Wednesday night, Curtis Granderson did something no other major leaguer has ever done before.
He hit his second career homer off Jonathan Papelbon.
The shot to right on a 94-mph fastball provided the Yankees with a 2-1 lead in a game they ended up winning 3-1, giving them two out of three in Fenway to start the year.
It was the 22nd homer allowed by Papelbon in 300 innings as a major leaguer. Granderson previously took him deep last Aug. 11, but that was a meaningless solo shot in what ended up being a 7-5 win over the Tigers. This one will draw a bit more attention.

Indians sign Melvin Upton Jr. to a minor league deal

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The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.

Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.

Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.