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Cano clutch in cleanup spot

Robinson Cano

Robinson Cano

#24 2B
New York Yankees

2011 STATS

  • GM135
  • HR23

  • RBI99

  • R88

  • OBP.351

  • AVG.307

With Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira both nursing nagging injuries on Friday, it was up to Robinson Cano to fill the void.

And fill, he did.

Cano hit a tie-breaking, two-out single in the fifth, driving in Derek Jeter to put the Yankees up 3-2.

It was Cano's 99th RBI of the season, the second-highest total of his career (he had 109 last year).

It was also his latest productive performance in the No. 4 hole.

This year, Cano is hitting .313 as a cleanup hitter, with four homers and 25 RBI in 32 games.

The Yankees second-baseman -- who served as designated hitter on Friday night -- is batting .370 in his last seven games with five doubles and six RBI.