On a night Joe Torre returned to the Bronx to help honor George Steinbrenner with the unveiling of a monument, the Yankees extended their lead in the American League East to 1 1/2 games with an 8-6 win over the Rays on Monday. Curtis Granderson hit two home runs, including a gamebreaking one off the foul pole in the sixth inning.
Torre, who left the team after the 2007 season, hadn't been back since and had a falling out with general manager Brian Cashman and the team. But bygones were bygones on Monday. Derek Jeter had two hits, including the go-ahead single, and Chad Gaudin picked up the win in relief. For the second time in less than a week Ivan Nova started strong but then wilted. The teams play three more times this week in the Bronx.