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In an almighty New York Yankee lineup, one that leads all of baseball in batting average, home runs and RBIs, the majority of the production is coming from an unlikely source. Through 54 games this season, Robinson Cano has hit .373 with 12 HRs and 43 RBI’s, easily in the top ten in the American League in all three categories, with his average being tops in the AL. Coming into Thursday’s victory against the Baltimore Orioles, Cano had a 16 game hitting streak which he extended to 17 games with a double in the first inning, bringing home Derek Jeter. More impressive is the defensive work Cano has put in this season, as the slick fielding second baseman has only committed one error this season on over 270 chances. Also on his resume for 2010 is the fact that Cano leads the Yankees in EVERY offensive category, sporting a very impressive 1.046 OPS, good for fourth in the league.
When Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez get most of the credit for the danger that comes with the Yankee lineup, Cano has been the reason that the New York offense has been so good this season. When people talk about the best second basemen in baseball, Dustin Pedroia, Chase Utley and Brandon Phillips are usually the first names mentioned. But so far this season, Cano has easily distinguished himself as the best at his position, as he not only has produced at the plate but has been magnificent on defense. Most suprising is the power that Cano has showed early on. Hitting a career high 25 long balls in 2009, the 27 year old Dominican is easily on pace to collipse that mark with over 100 games remaining on the schedule. Although the Yankees trail the Tampa Bay Rays by 2.5 games in the East, things look bright in the Bronx. With Curtis Granderson and Jorge Posada on the way back from injury, the additions of their bats will only add protection for Cano, A-Rod, and the struggling Mark Teixeira. Traveling to Toronto to face the division rival Blue Jays, Cano looks to extend his hot streak against a team whom the Bronx Bombers have yet to play this season.
On the first day of free agency for Major League Baseball, the NL’s best team traded for one of the best pitchers in the league but also took a risk in the process. After failing to acquire Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay before the trade deadline, the Philadelphia Phillies finally completed a deal with the Seattle Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays just minutes ago. According to SI.com, Philadelphia dealt the dominant Cliff Lee to Seattle and it is rumored that Halladay will sign an extension in the coming days after indicating his interest in Philadelphia.
On a night where the New York lineup missed the presence of Alex Rodriguez, who sat Friday night to rest, the middle of the order came up clutch and took down the Seattle Mariners. With his second game deciding home run of the week, Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira went 1-3, with the biggest blast coming in the top of the ninth, off of Mark Lowe.
In baseball’s biggest rivalry the games are usually down to the wire, and show a great display of pitching and hitting. For the most recent series between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, the aforementioned statement was false as all Boston could muster was eight runs the entire series, measily compared to New York’s 25.