3 Stars: DBJ, Cano, Ibanez

March, 31, 2012
There were 30 hits, 20 runs and nine home runs in today's Yankees-Astros game at Kissimmee, and they didn't even play all nine innings. A Wizard-of-Oz-esque rain and wind storm caused the umpires to wave it off in the top of the ninth with the Yankees leading, 11-9, and trust me, nobody on the Houston side raised a fuss.

So naturally, our three stars today are all hitters.

Star #1 -- Dante Bichette Jr.: With his parents in the crowd, the Yankees first pick in the 2011 draft got his first two at-bats in a spring training game, saw his first two pitches, and hit both of them out of the yard. The first got a little help from Mother Nature but the second was crushed over the batter's eye in dead-center. Quite a debut for the kid. Now if he can only learn to work the count a little . . .

Star # 2 -- Robinson Cano: The new No. 3 hitter looks like he's ready for Opening Day, going 2-for-3 with a laser beam of a home run, no wind necessary, and turning a neat double play on a ball that deflected off pitcher Adam Warren.

Star #3 -- Raul Ibanez: After a slow start, The King of Siam is starting to wield his power, hitting his second home run in three games -- he now leads the team with three -- and knocking in four runs.

Honorable Mention -- Curtis Granderson : The Grandy Man was three-for-three with a double and is hitting .381.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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