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