"The bottom line is we're in first place," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
New York finished 9-9 against Baltimore this season. Had the Orioles won Sunday, they would have received homefield advantage in a playoff game if the teams finish tied atop the division. Baltimore would have also had homefield advantage if the Yankees and Orioles finish tied for both wild-card berths.
Now, if the teams are tied at the end of the regular season, record within the division will be the tiebreaker.
Granderson didn't start because he in a 5-for-43 skid.
In another Yankees matter, first baseman Mark Teixeira re-injured his left calf Saturday night on the final play of the game. An MRI on Monday will go a long way toward determining how long he will be sidelined.
In other games *
At St. Petersburg, Fla., B.J. Upton hit three home runs, James Shields threw a two-hitter and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Texas Rangers, 6-0.
* At Chicago, Mike Moustakas stroked a go-ahead single in the 10th inning to lift Kansas City over the White Sox, 2-1.
* At Anaheim, Zack Greinke pitched seven strong innings of five-hit ball and Mike Trout hit a leadoff homer for the second straight game as Los Angeles beat slumping Detroit, 3-2.
* At Seattle, Jonny Gomes hit a three-run home run and Oakland finished off a three-game sweep of the Mariners with a 4-2 victory. * At Boston, Omar Vizquel hit a pair of sacrifice flies, including one in the ninth inning that lifted Toronto over the Red Sox, 4-3.
* At Minneapolis, Justin Morneau hit his second homer of the game in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Twins over Cleveland, 8-7.