Though "goat" is probably too strong a term -- hard to kill a guy for losing a ball in the ceiling -- Curtis Granderson certainly played a role in Tuesday night's loss here.
Wednesday night was all about the centerfielder in a positive, albeit sore, way.
Granderson's two-run homer in the first inning gave Freddy Garcia and three relievers all they would need, and his catch, as he plowed into the wall, of Evan Longoria's fifth-inning drive to deep center preserved the shutout.
"The big thing is just to reset," Granderson said. "No matter what ends up happening, good or bad, both yesterday and today, just forget about it, you move on. Get yourself ready to go for the next day."
He'll likely come in sore Thursday. Granderson, in addition to running into the wall, fouled a ball off his right calf -- which sent him sprawling to the ground -- in the sixth inning, and David Price plunked him between the shoulder blades with a 95-mph fastball in the eighth.
"The back's the worst thing right now," Granderson said, adding that he expected to play Thursday.
Asked to describe Granderson's night, Joe Girardi said: “Ouch. It started off great with the two-run homer, then he hit a ball off his calf, then he got drilled in the back. So it started off great and ended up as an ouch…He is a little bit beat up.”