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Notebook: Grandy Man can't

NEW YORK -- Just inches separated Curtis Granderson from robbing J.J. Hardy of a three-run homer and changing the complexion of Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Orioles.

"I got to it," Granderson said. "It went over the fence."

With the Yankees ahead 3-1 in the seventh and two men on with no outs, Hardy hit a drive to right that Granderson tracked to the wall. Granderson, with his right shoulder facing the wall, leaped up and attempted to make the grab with his glove just above the wall, but the ball landed a few inches to the side and stayed in the seats for a three-run shot. Granderson fell down after colliding with the wall.

The Orioles ended up scoring seven runs in that frame as they rallied to prevent the Yankees from sweeping the three-game set. Granderson, who entered the game in the fifth inning, didn't believe it was a play he definitely should have made.

"Anything that hits the top of the wall you can't say is a guaranteed ball you should catch," Granderson said. "Try to get there and everything has to be timed up perfect and there was something off one way or another, don't know exactly, couldn't tell from the angles, checking the replay. Ended up missing it."

WHERE'S THE OFFENSE? If we're playing the blame game, there's no question that Sunday's loss can be put on the shoulders of Yankee relievers.

Shawn Kelley, Boone Logan and Joba Chamberlain combined to allow five earned runs in two innings, flushing the Yankees' 3-0 seventh-inning lead against Baltimore.

But the Yankee offense also had several chances to break the game open.

The Bombers left 10 men on base and went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Their No. 2 through No. 6 hitters combined to go 1-for-19 with nine strikeouts, including three apiece from Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano.

"We had a chance to tack on runs and we just didn't do it," Joe Girardi said.

STREAK SNAPPED: Sunday's loss snapped a season-high six-game home winning streak for the Yankees. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees lost for the first time this year at home when they have had at least a two-run lead. They had a chance to close to within 2 1/2 games of the second wild-card spot, provided Tampa Bay lost to Oakland on Sunday.

ROLLING SEVENS: The Orioles' seven-run fifth tied for the highest single-inning total by a Yankee opponent this season.

"Someone does good, we all do good. Someone sucks we all suck," Logan said. "Just one of those days where everybody had a bad game all in one game."

JETER METER: Derek Jeter's sac fly in the fourth was the 1,258th RBI of his career. That total is one higher than Bernie Williams, placing Jeter in sole possession of sixth place on the Yankees' all-time list.