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Cano's three-run blast propels Yanks past Diamondbacks

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NEW YORK -- Robinson Cano and the New York Yankees found all sorts of ways to salute Jackie Robinson.

Cano, whose big league father named him for Robinson, hit a three-run homer. Mariano Rivera, the last major leaguer still wearing the late Hall of Famer's No. 42 on a daily basis, closed for a save.

The final score of the Yankees' victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night seemed equally appropriate: 4-2.

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A fitting tribute, indeed, to the man who broke baseball's color barrier.

"That's what we try to do, not only today but every day," Rivera said. "It's special."

The Yankees also honored victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, starting with a pregame moment of silence.

Major League Baseball held Jackie Robinson Day on Monday, the anniversary of the date he debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Arizona and New York were off Monday, so all players, managers, coaches and umpires at Yankee Stadium wore his number on this evening.

"It's amazing to get the chance to wear 42," Cano said.

The Yankees remembered Boston, home of their longtime rivals, by playing the Fenway Park favorite Sweet Caroline after the third inning. Several other teams around the majors followed suit.

Yankees fans sang along with the Neil Diamond hit as it came over the public-address system, and some people in the crowd wore Red Sox hats and jerseys.

"Thank you NY Yankees for playing Sweet Caroline for the people of Boston," Diamond wrote on his Twitter page. "You scored a home run in my heart. With respect, Neil (hashtag)OneBoston."

A ribbon was shown on the scoreboard displaying the insignia of the Red Sox and Yankees and the words: "New York stands with Boston ... Pray for Boston."

A message that read "United We Stand" showing the Red Sox and Yankees logos was posted on an electronic board atop the ballpark.

Earlier in the day, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it was time to "put the baseball teams aside" and recognize "we're all behind the people in Boston." Yankees infielder Kevin Youkilis, a longtime Red Sox star whose wife has run the Boston Marathon, said his family was "sick to our stomachs" watching news coverage of the bombings.

The Diamondbacks made their first trip to the Bronx since 2007, two years before the new Yankee Stadium opened. Arizona lost all three games at the old Yankee Stadium in the 2001 World Series, but wound up winning the championship at home in Game 7.

Cano's shot in the fourth helped the Yankees start the unusual portion of their interleague schedule -- they'll face an NL opponent every month this season.

Ivan Nova (1-1) labored through five innings in his first game since April 5. Rivera pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.

"It's kind of funny seeing 42 face three 42s," Girardi said.

Brandon McCarthy (0-2) escaped bases-loaded jams in the first two innings before Cano hit his fourth home run for a 3-2 lead. McCarthy threw 102 pitches in the short outing.

"Just completely out of sync. I was not able to do a whole lot," he said. "I don't know what it was. I couldn't get right."

Eduardo Nunez added a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Arizona took a 2-0 lead in the third on a sacrifice fly by Miguel Montero and an RBI single by Cody Ross.

Notes

  • Cano's father, Jose Cano, pitched six games for Houston in 1989.
  • Brittney Griner, picked No. 1 overall by the Phoenix Mercury in this week's WNBA draft, visited with manager Kirk Gibson and the Diamondbacks around the cage during batting practice.
  • Injured Yankees SS Derek Jeter had a second successive day of on-field work at the spring training complex in Tampa, Fla., after two off days. Girardi said Jeter isn't likely to rejoin the team by May 1, once a projected return date.
  • Yankees RHP Chien-Ming Wang will make his first start of the season for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday night against Syracuse.
  • There was a pregame moment of silence for former New York Giants football star Pat Summerall.
 
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Lyle Overbay (left) and Chris Stewart greet Robinson Cano after they score on Cano's go-ahead home run in the fourth inning.  (AP)
Lyle Overbay (left) and Chris Stewart greet Robinson Cano after they score on Cano's go-ahead home run in the fourth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

R. Cano
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Arizona

C. Ross
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gerardo Parra, CF5110001 .293
Martin Prado, 2B3110111 .281
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4010010 .340
Miguel Montero, C2011100 .262
Cody Ross, RF4021013 .250
Eric Chavez, 3B4000024 .200
Eric Hinske, DH4000013 .231
A.J. Pollock, LF4020010 .306
Cliff Pennington, SS3000021 .250
Totals3328229  
Batting
2B - A.J. Pollock 2 (6, Nova, Nova)
SF - Miguel Montero (4)
SH - Cliff Pennington (1)
RBI - Miguel Montero (8), Cody Ross (1)
SB - Gerardo Parra (3, 2nd base off Nova/Stewart)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Goldschmidt-Pennington
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon McCarthy (L,0-2) 4933241 7.47
Matt Reynolds 2100020 0.00
Brad Ziegler 1211100 2.00
Heath Bell 1000030 7.20
IBB - Cano by Brandon McCarthy, Suzuki by Brad Ziegler
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 102-60, Matt Reynolds 24-17, Brad Ziegler 21-11, Heath Bell 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 5-3, Matt Reynolds 3-0, Brad Ziegler 2-1
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 23, Matt Reynolds 6, Brad Ziegler 6, Heath Bell 3
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, CF5010032 .240
Robinson Cano, 2B4123120 .327
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4120013 .348
Travis Hafner, DH4020002 .324
Vernon Wells, LF3000113 .300
Ichiro Suzuki, RF3010113 .189
Eduardo Nunez, SS3011001 .261
Lyle Overbay, 1B4110003 .279
Chris Stewart, C4120010 .286
Totals34412439  
Batting
2B - Brett Gardner (3, McCarthy), Travis Hafner 2 (2, McCarthy, Ziegler)
HR - Robinson Cano (4, McCarthy)
SF - Eduardo Nunez (2)
RBI - Robinson Cano 3 (11), Eduardo Nunez (2)
Team LOB - 10
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ivan Nova (W,1-1) 5722260 5.59
Boone Logan (H,1) 1.1000020 2.25
Joba Chamberlain (H,1) 0.2000000 8.31
David Robertson (H,1) 1100000 0.00
Mariano Rivera (S,3) 1000010 2.25
Pitches-Strikes - Ivan Nova 94-63, Boone Logan 15-10, Joba Chamberlain 5-3, David Robertson 17-10, Mariano Rivera 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ivan Nova 6-3, Boone Logan 1-1, Joba Chamberlain 1-1, David Robertson 1-2, Mariano Rivera 1-1
Batters Faced - Ivan Nova 24, Boone Logan 4, Joba Chamberlain 2, David Robertson 4, Mariano Rivera 3
Game Information
Attendance - 34107
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Chris Guccione