Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Amazin' Lineup Rattles Bombers

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Amazin' Lineup Rattles Bombers

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NEW YORK - In a previous Subway Series time, a string of losses to the Mets - capped by a hideous home defeat - could be expected to include an agitated response by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

Certain young Yankees might have faced demotions. Some of the coaches might be on notice.

And just maybe, the general manager might be asked a pointed question such as, "How could we let Curtis Granderson wind up on their side!"

Granderson homered against his old mates for a second straight night, a three-run shot in a four-run first inning that set the Mets toward a 12-7 victory Tuesday night before 45,958 fans at Yankee Stadium.

By midgame, many of the Yankee followers had turned their attention to the Rangers' NHL playoff game. When posted on the scoreboard, the Blueshirts' Game 7 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins elicited one of the night's loudest roars.

Having won the first two games of this year's Subway Series - and six straight overall, dating to last season - the Mets (19-19) host the Yanks (19-19) for two games, beginning tonight.

"Any way to get wins is always good, especially when we come up against a very tough team like the Yankees and do it in their ballpark, it's obviously big for us," said Granderson, who signed a four-year, $60 million free agent deal this past winter following a four-year stint as a Yankee.

The Stadium began rapidly emptying of fans as the game groaned toward the four-hour mark. Yankees manager Joe Girardi wasn't even around for the finish, ejected by crew chief and plate umpire Jerry Layne after Kelly Johnson was called out on strikes to end the fifth.

"And I have no idea why," Girardi said. "All I said was, 'Jerry, those pitches are on the white line.' I hadn't said anything the whole game.

"Jerry's usually mild-mannered. I'm shocked. I'm still shocked."

By then, the Yankees were trailing, 11-5, and Girardi literally threw in the towel - angrily tossing one on the field before exiting through the tunnel. …

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