Is Robinson Cano finally breaking out of his two-week slump?
The Yankees second baseman has doubled in each of the past three games. It’s literally a 12-plate-appearance sample size, but Cano is hitting .500 with two walks and an .800 slugging percentage the past three games. That sort of sample size is meaningless, but it’s at least a positive sign for a guy who was hitting .184/.310/.265 in his previous 14 games.
“He had a couple hits the other day,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s had some hits lately. I looked at his at-bats in Chicago, he lined out a couple times, hit the ball pretty hard. I think he’s swinging the bat pretty good.”
Results weren’t going to change anything for the Yankees and Cano: The team was still going to count on Cano as a middle-of-the-order hitter, and Cano was going to count on himself to turn things around.
“He’s had some bad luck,” Girardi said. “He walked a couple times yesterday. Hitters go through things they’re going to go through. We faced a lot of tough lefties in a streak where maybe he didn’t have quite as many hits as we’ve seen in the past. He hit a ball off the wall yesterday, a double, had a couple hits. He’s swinging all right.”
• Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte will both see Dr. Ahmad tomorrow. Best-case scenario? “Basically they would be turned loose to do what they need to do,” Girardi said. “That we can get Andy off a mound, that we can get Alex taking regular BP. That would be the best-case scenario.”
• There’s still no date in mind for either Rodriguez or Pettitte to come off the disabled list. “I think a lot of it depends on what the doctor says tomorrow,” Girardi said.
• The Yankees need Freddy Garcia to make sure this road trip isn’t a complete disaster. They need a win today to win this series in Cleveland. They’ve already lost four of five this trip. “We’ve seen Freddy bounce back a lot,” Girardi said. “His last start, he got out of a jam in the first, got out of a jam in the second; that’s what we see Freddy do a lot of times. I just expect him to pitch well. He’s been through this a lot.”
• Chris Stewart catching because it’s Garcia and it’s a day game after a night game.
• Former astronaut John Glenn is throwing out the ceremonial first pitch today. Pretty cool.
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