The New York Yankees became the first team in Major League Baseball history to hit three grand slams in a single game as they took the Oakland Athletics to the woodshed in a 22-9 romp. Robinson Cano started the onslaught with a slam in the fifth. Russell Martin followed with a grand salami of his own the next inning. Finally, Curtis Granderson padded his AL MVP resume with a bases loaded bomb in the eighth. Granderson’s five runs batted in gave him a season total of 103 — the most in all of baseball. His grand slam was his 36th long ball of the year, one shy of Toronto’s Jose Bautista for the Major League lead. The slick center fielder also boasts 20 doubles, 10 triples, and 24 stolen bases; he also has a monstrous lead in runs scored (119), with the next closest competitor, Boston’s Jacoby Ellsbury, trailing by a whopping 26 runs (93).
While Milwaukee’s fearsome duo of Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder battle it out for the NL MVP, Granderson seems to be the AL favorite — but Ellsbury, Bautista, and Adrian Gonzalez all have legitimate shots as well.