Curtis Granderson has faced James Shields more than he has any pitcher during his major league career. Going into Saturday, he had 56 at-bats against the Rays right-hander, and he had failed in 50 of them.

"I know [my history's] not very good," Granderson said.

Whether the Yankees center fielder knew the specifics of his struggles against Shields is unknown. Yesterday, though, Granderson delivered the game's biggest hit off his nemesis.

In the second inning of a scoreless game in The Bronx, Granderson came to the plate against Shields, who promptly got ahead in the count with a first-pitch strike. Granderson proceeded to swat the next pitch — a change-up — into the right field stands for a two-run homer, lifting the Yankees to an early lead they would never relinquish in their 5-3 win over the Rays.