Curtis Granderson takes over AL home run lead in win over Rangers

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Curtis Granderson took over the AL home run lead by launching his ninth and tenth homers in last night’s 4-1 win over the Rangers. Ivan Nova yielded one unearned run over 7 1/3 innings while Mariano Rivera tossed a one-two-three ninth inning for his league-leading 12th save in 14 chances.

Granderson already has four home runs over 29 at-bats against left-handed pitching this season. He hit just four in 158 at-bats against southpaws for all of last season and two in 180 at-bats in 2009.

As Bob Nightengale of USA Today noted following last night’s power display, Granderson has 24 homers since last August 14. The only player with more? Jose Bautista.

Here’s the top of the leaderboard since last August 14:

Jose Bautista – 27

Curtis Granderson – 24

Troy Tulowitzki – 24

Jay Bruce – 21

Albert Pujols – 20

Miguel Cabrera – 19

Paul Konerko – 19

Ryan Braun – 19

David Wright – 17

Alex Rodriguez – 17

Jenny Cavnar to call Rockies play-by-play on Monday night

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According to former major leaguer and current broadcaster Ryan Spilborghs, Jenny Cavnar will be calling play-by-play of Monday night’s game against the Padres for the Rockies. The broadcast will be on AT&T Sportsnet Rocky Mountain Region.

Cavnar will be at least the third woman to call televised play-by-play for a major league team, joining Gayle Gardner (Rockies, 1993) and Suzyn Waldman (Yankees, mid-1990’s).

Broadcasting remains largely the domain of white men, so it’s always good when women and people of color are able to have a seat in the broadcasting booth.