The Yankees won tonight, but that’s not the part you care about most. The bigger news is Robinson Cano, who was hit by a pitch in the first inning, leaving everyone in a state of paralyzed uncertainty until the news that X-rays were negative and his hand was not broken. Without Cano, the Yankees rode a strong start by Andy Pettitte to beat the Blue Jays 7-1. Alfonso Soriano had two home runs, one of them a three-run shot immediately after Cano was hit. He added a solo shot in the third inning. Mark Reynolds and Alex Rodriguez also homered, Rodriguez for the second day in a row. Pettitte went seven scoreless with five hits, two walks and three strikeouts. The same old story got slightly weirder in the eighth when Eduardo Nunez — Cano’s replacement at second base — seemed to trip over … nothing at all, rolling his ankle while jogging after a ball off Derek Jeter’s glove. Nunez stayed in the game initially but was pulled when he got on the bases in the ninth inning. Good grief this season has been absurd with stuff like that.
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