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The way Cano was launching balls all over Target Field on Monday night, Pettitte thinks another tear is right around the corner, and not a moment too soon for the struggling New York Yankees offense.
Cano hit two home runs and Pettitte broke Whitey Ford's club record for career strikeouts to help New York snap a five-game skid with a 10-4 victory against the Minnesota Twins.
"It's impressive," Pettitte said, marveling at Cano's 435-foot solo shot in the first inning and an opposite-field homer in the third. "Hopefully he can keep it going. But what a talent he is. It's fun to watch him hit."
Zoilo Almonte had three hits and two RBI as the slumbering Yankees offense woke up with seven runs in the last two innings to reach double digits for the first time since May 10.
Cano also had a double, a walk and three RBI for the Yankees, who totaled 13 runs during their losing streak.
"We're not that team anymore that we used to have the guys that we could say, 'This guy might hit two home runs in the next inning,' " Cano said. "So we've just got to take advantage when we get men on base."
Pettitte allowed four runs and six hits in five innings. Joba Chamberlain (1-0) pitched an inning of scoreless relief for the victory.
Cano, however, had more in store for Minnesota.
"Tough out," Diamond said. "He kind of spoiled it for us tonight."
Burton, an effective setup man since joining the Twins last season, was shaky again. He gave up a double to Cano to start the eighth, then couldn't get speedy Ichiro Suzuki on a bunt single. Burton tried to pick off Suzuki at first base, but his throw sailed past Justin Morneau and allowed Cano to score and tie the game.
Almonte followed with his go-ahead single past a drawn-in infield, and New York cruised from there.
The Yankees haven't looked much like the Yankees of late, running out relatively no-name lineups filled with youngsters and journeymen while their stars mend on the disabled list. They had lost 13 of their previous 18 to fall into fourth place in the AL East, and Pettitte looked nothing like the consistent lefty he has been for most of 18 seasons in the early going Monday night.
He needed 41 pitches to get through the first inning. He gave up a two-run single to Doumit and allowed another run to score when he slipped to the ground while trying to field a comebacker from Oswaldo Arcia. Pettitte threw the ball over first baseman Lyle Overbay's head, allowing Doumit to score from second base for a 3-1 lead.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who earned his 600th career victory, had Preston Claiborne warming in the bullpen in the first, but Pettitte was able to settle down after that rocky inning, breezing through the next four to keep his team in the game.
"You hope that the hard work that they've been putting in starts to pay off," Girardi said. "Maybe this is the start of something."
Cano's second homer of the night, a two-run shot to left field, tied the score 3-all in the third, and Pettitte made some more history in the fifth. He began the night needing two strikeouts to pass Ford for the Yankees record. After fanning Clete Thomas in the third inning, Pettitte broke the record by getting Morneau swinging in the fifth for his 1,958th career strikeout.
"I feel very fortunate to be around for as long as I have," Pettitte said. "To be able to be mentioned with Whitey's name is obviously always an honor."
|Andy Pettitte passes Yankees great Whitey Ford to become the club's new franchise leader after his 1,958th strikeout. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
|New York (A.L.) Yankees|
|Brett Gardner, CF||5||1||2||0||0||2||0||.288|
|Jayson Nix, SS||5||2||1||0||0||1||1||.236|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||4||3||3||1||0||0||.293|
|Vernon Wells, RF||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.228|
|Ichiro Suzuki, PH-RF||2||1||1||0||0||0||3||.271|
|Travis Hafner, DH||4||1||1||1||1||0||3||.223|
|Zoilo Almonte, LF||5||1||3||2||0||0||1||.342|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||4||0||1||0||1||1||5||.240|
|Chris Stewart, C||4||0||0||2||1||1||2||.252|
|David Adams, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||1||5||.178|
|a-hit a bunt single for V. Wells in the 8th|
|2B - Brett Gardner (21, Diamond), Jayson Nix (8, Duensing), Robinson Cano (16, Burton)|
|HR - Robinson Cano 2 (19, Diamond)|
|RBI - Robinson Cano 3 (51), Travis Hafner (36), Zoilo Almonte 2 (7), Chris Stewart 2 (13)|
|2-OUT RBI - Robinson Cano (22), Chris Stewart (3)|
|SB - Zoilo Almonte (3, 2nd base off Diamond/Doumit)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Cano-Nix-Overbay|
|E - Andy Pettitte (1, Throwing)|
|New York (A.L.) Yankees|
|Joba Chamberlain (W,1-0)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||5.75|
|David Robertson (H,18)||1||1||0||0||0||3||0||2.51|
|HBP - Morneau (by Joba Chamberlain)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 102-60, Shawn Kelley 9-6, Joba Chamberlain 11-5, David Robertson 21-13, Mariano Rivera 17-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 3-10, Joba Chamberlain 1-1, Mariano Rivera 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 25, Shawn Kelley 3, Joba Chamberlain 4, David Robertson 4, Mariano Rivera 4|
|Clete Thomas, CF||4||1||0||0||1||2||1||.256|
|Brian Dozier, 2B||4||1||2||0||1||0||0||.233|
|Ryan Doumit, C||5||1||2||2||0||0||2||.236|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.288|
|Trevor Plouffe, DH||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.268|
|Oswaldo Arcia, LF||4||0||1||1||0||1||3||.283|
|Chris Parmelee, RF||3||1||2||1||1||0||0||.234|
|Jamey Carroll, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.219|
|Joe Mauer, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.319|
|Eduardo Escobar, SS-3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.213|
|a-struck out for Carroll in the 8th|
|2B - Brian Dozier (8, Pettitte), Chris Parmelee (10, Robertson)|
|HR - Chris Parmelee (8, Pettitte)|
|RBI - Ryan Doumit 2 (37), Oswaldo Arcia (25), Chris Parmelee (18)|
|2-OUT RBI - Oswaldo Arcia (14)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Dozier-Escobar-Morneau|
|E - Jared Burton (1, Throwing), Jamey Carroll (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|PB - Ryan Doumit (1)|
|Casey Fien (H,9)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.55|
|Jared Burton (L,1-6; BS,5)||0.1||3||3||3||0||0||0||4.29|
|IBB - Cano by Brian Duensing|
|WP - Scott Diamond 2 (4), Brian Duensing (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Diamond 94-54, Casey Fien 2-1, Jared Burton 11-7, Brian Duensing 35-18, Josh Roenicke 18-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Diamond 12-3, Brian Duensing 1-2, Josh Roenicke 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Scott Diamond 28, Casey Fien 1, Jared Burton 4, Brian Duensing 10, Josh Roenicke 2|
|Attendance - 29619|
|Game Time - 3:22|
|Temperature - 83|
|Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Ed Hickox|