CLEVELAND -- Curtis Granderson returned to his locker after today's 4-2 win to find his name tag replaced with the number 200 and a bottle of champagne chilling in an ice bucket. But Granderson, who stubbornly insists he is not a home run hitter, refused to exult in the moment. "I would never have imagined it, never expected it, it wasn’t a goal of mine,'' he said of hitting his 200th career home run, which as also his 33rd of the season.
So how many would it take for him to finally consider himself a, well, you-know-what? "If I get to 500 maybe I might,'' he said. "Yeah, I guess that would put me in that category.''
• David Robertson survived a nerve-wracking week in the midwest, jumping every time his phone rang or a text message came in, because his wife, Erin, is a week beyond her due date with their first child, a boy. "I get a little nervous, especially when people text me in the morning at 9 a.m. and I’m still asleep," he said. "I'm like, uh-oh. ’I always freak out for a second."
When it comes time to pitch, however, he said, "I'm in there. I'm not worried about anything else except getting my outs and helping us win the game." On the trip, Robertson pitched three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out three.
• Nick Swisher had three hits, including an RBI single and a double to the base of the centerfield fence in the seventh inning. Swisher was 9-for-21 (.429) and since moving to the No. 2 slot in the batting order on August 8 is hitting .357 (25-for-70) with five HRs.