Curtis Granderson has a chance Wednesday night to tie Miguel Cabrera for the AL home run lead, but the Yankees slugger took a pass.

With the Yankees blowing out the Red Sox, manager Joe Girardi asked Granderson in the bottom of the seventh inning if he wanted one last at-bat.

"No," Granderson replied, "give it to Melky."

So rookie Melky Mesa pinch hit and hit into a fielder's choice.

Later in the 14-2 AL-East clinching rout of the Red Sox, CC Sabathia informed Granderson that, because Granderson already had two homers on the night, giving him 43 for the season, he had put himself in position to tie Detroit's Miguel Cabrera for the AL home run lead with 44. Which, if Granderson had gone deep for a third time, would have been a slight taint on Cabrera's Triple Crown.

"The funny thing is, earlier today, I taped a congratulations video to Miguel [for winning the Triple Crown]," said Granderson, who played with Cabrera on the Tigers in 2008 and 2009. "That would have been a weird situation."

Granderson said he wasn't upset about conceding the home-run title and, consequently, Cabrera's Triple Crown.

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Raul Ibanez wasn't part of the clubhouse celebration because his wife Teryvette went into labor near the end of the game.

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Derek Jeter went 1-for-4 and finished the season with an MLB-high 216 hits.