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Cano goes deep twice, Yankees win series against Angels

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NEW YORK -- Robinson Cano returned to the Yankees dugout after hitting the first of his two home runs and was greeted by a playful Mark Teixeira.

"This is your day," Cano said his teammate told him.

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Day? Try season.

Cano had his power outburst on the day baseball honored Jackie Robinson, the player he is named after, and the New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-2 on Thursday night.

Cano has at least one hit in all nine games this season batting in the fifth spot in the Yankees' lineup. Hitting .395, he has helped the World Series champions open the season with series victories against three potent rivals -- Boston, Tampa Bay and the Angels.

"He's seeing the ball well, he's getting his pitches and he's not missing," manager Joe Girardi said.

The Yankees second baseman helped present a bouquet of flowers to Robinson's widow, Rachel, during a ceremony commemorating the 63rd anniversary of the Brooklyn Hall of Famer breaking baseball's color barrier, then had the fifth multihomer game of his career while wearing Robinson's No. 42.

"It was a great day," Cano said.

Curtis Granderson also had a pretty good one, hitting two triples and throwing Hideki Matsui out at the plate. Derek Jeter hit a home run and had an RBI double for the Yankees. Phil Hughes (1-0) labored through five-plus innings in his first start since winning the No. 5 starter job from Joba Chamberlain this spring.

The Angels dropped to 3-7 for their worst start since 2002, the year they won their only championship.

"The heartbeat of our club is starting pitching," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We need these guys to get deep into games then it will all start to come together."

After losing ace John Lackey to free agency, Angels starters are 2-6 this season and have given up 14 of the staff's 17 home runs.

Scott Kazmir (0-1), activated from the disabled list before the game to make his first appearance of the season, gave up three long balls Thursday.

Matsui homered in the top of the second for the Angels in the final game of his homecoming to New York. A fan favorite in his seven years in the Bronx, last year's World Series MVP got a rare -- if not unheard of -- salute from the crowd of 44,722 after giving Los Angeles a 1-0 lead: a standing ovation for a visiting home run.

Cano quickly answered after Matsui's home run, leading off the bottom half with a tying shot over the right-field wall. Jeter connected to open the third and had a ground-rule double an inning later, driving in Granderson, who hit an RBI triple. Granderson also tripled in the fifth.

Granderson ended the top of the fourth by throwing out Matsui trying to score from second on Mike Napoli's single to center field.

"You don't have to have the best arm as long as you are accurate," Granderson said.

Hughes began his big league career as a heralded prospect in 2007. He then went 0-4 in an injury-plagued '08 season and was bumped to the bullpen last year when Chien-Ming Wang returned from an injury. Hughes excelled in 44 relief appearances and impressed Girardi with the command of his changeup this spring.

But the right-hander was wild in his first outing against big leaguers since the season started. After pitching in extended spring training to stay ready, Hughes tied a career high with five walks and threw 108 pitches. He gave up two runs and three hits, striking out six and earning a hearty reception from the fans when he exited with two on and no outs in the sixth.

"It wasn't really a great outing but to walk off with the lead and to get that kind of reaction it felt good," Hughes said.

Mariano Rivera got one out in the ninth for his fourth save of the season and 530th of his career. On a night when all players in the majors wore No. 42 to honor Jackie Robinson, the Yankees' closer kept his own number -- Rivera is the only player still wearing 42 every day.

Kazmir gave up six runs and eight hits. He was pulled with no outs in the fifth, after Cano's second home run.

Notes

  • The teams combined for 13 walks.
  • It was Cano's fifth multihomer game.
  • The Angels made no errors in the three-game series. They made eight in a six-game loss to the Yankees in the ALCS.
  • Granderson last had two triples on Aug. 18, 2008, for Detroit at Texas.
  • Yankees reliever Chan Ho Park has a mild hamstring strain. He was injured throwing in the bullpen. He will be reevaluated Friday.
 
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Robinson Cano watches the first of his two circuit clouts sail over the right-field fence.  (Getty Images)
Robinson Cano watches the first of his two circuit clouts sail over the right-field fence. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

R. Cano
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Anaheim

H. Matsui
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles Angels
Erick Aybar, SS4010111 .286
Bobby Abreu, RF4000114 .256
Torii Hunter, CF4120012 .343
Hideki Matsui, DH2121200 .316
Kendry Morales, 1B4000022 .263
Howard Kendrick, 2B4001012 .281
Mike Napoli, C3010122 .167
Brandon Wood, 3B4000021 .100
Reggie Willits, LF2000211 .000
Totals31262711  
Batting
HR - Hideki Matsui (3, Hughes)
RBI - Hideki Matsui (6), Howard Kendrick (2)
SB - Erick Aybar (1, 2nd base off Hughes/Posada)
Team LOB - 9
Los Angeles Angels
Scott Kazmir (L,0-1) 4866323 13.50
Brian Stokes 1100000 5.06
Matt Palmer 2000340 5.00
Francisco Rodriguez 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 87-48, Brian Stokes 18-11, Matt Palmer 44-23, Francisco Rodriguez 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 7-3, Brian Stokes 2-1, Matt Palmer 1-1, Francisco Rodriguez 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 23, Brian Stokes 4, Matt Palmer 9, Francisco Rodriguez 3
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS5122020 .333
Nick Swisher, RF4000101 .267
Mark Teixeira, 1B2000321 .091
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3110103 .263
Robinson Cano, 2B4223013 .395
Jorge Posada, C4000012 .345
Marcus Thames, DH3120000 .429
   a- Nick Johnson, PH-DH0000100 .207
Curtis Granderson, CF4121001 .333
Randy Winn, LF4000014 .000
Totals3369667  
a-walked for Thames in the 7th
Batting
2B - Derek Jeter (2, Kazmir), Alex Rodriguez (5, Kazmir), Marcus Thames (1, Kazmir)
3B - Curtis Granderson 2 (2, Kazmir, Stokes)
HR - Derek Jeter (2, Kazmir), Robinson Cano 2 (4, Kazmir, Kazmir)
RBI - Derek Jeter 2 (6), Robinson Cano 3 (9), Curtis Granderson (6)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Curtis Granderson 1
DP - Chamberlain-Jeter-Teixeira
New York Yankees
Phil Hughes (W,1-0) 5322561 3.60
David Robertson 1.2000130 9.00
Damaso Marte 0.2200010 0.00
Joba Chamberlain (H,2) 1.1100110 3.38
Mariano Rivera (S,4) 0.1000000 0.00
WP - David Robertson (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 108-66, David Robertson 30-17, Damaso Marte 20-12, Joba Chamberlain 22-14, Mariano Rivera 4-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Hughes 3-5, David Robertson 2-0, Damaso Marte 1-0, Joba Chamberlain 1-1, Mariano Rivera 1-0
Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 22, David Robertson 6, Damaso Marte 4, Joba Chamberlain 5, Mariano Rivera 1
Game Information
Attendance - 44722
Game Time - 3:33
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Dan Bellino