Curtis Granderson takes over as leadoff against righties

New York Yankees' Curtis Granderson celebrates in the New York Yankees' Curtis Granderson celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a double by Robinson Cano in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers. (Aug 6, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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DETROIT -- With Alex Rodriguez out, get used to Curtis Granderson leading off.

At least against righthanders.

"You look at him against righthanders, and his on-base percentage is one of the highest on our club," Joe Girardi said before Monday night's game, one in which Granderson again led off. "When we face lefthanders, you might see it a little bit different."

Granderson went 0-for-5 Monday night with three strikeouts.

Entering the game, Granderson was hitting .253 with a .349 OBP with 20 homers against righties. Against lefties, he's hitting .231 with a .329 OBP with nine homers.

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Girardi had five lefties in his lineup against Justin Verlander: Granderson, Robinson Cano, Raul Ibanez, Eric Chavez and Ichiro Suzuki. He also had switch hitters Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher.

"The key is you have some switch hitters and some righthanders in between guys," Girardi said. "You don't want to set it up for the other club just to bring in lefties to face you all the time. When you lose a guy like Alex, it makes it a little bit trickier to move your lineup around."

Banuelos done for 2012

The Yankees have shut down top pitching prospect Manny Banuelos, sidelined since May 18 with a bone bruise in his left elbow.

"It hurts," Girardi said. "I don't want to say it's a wasted year but obviously, he didn't pitch as much as we wanted him to. Can he make that up? Yeah, you can make that up, but who knows where he would have been if he had 150 innings right now."

The Yankees hope the 21-year-old can pitch in winter league ball.

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