3 Stars: DBJ, Cano, Ibanez

March, 31, 2012
3/31/12
4:17
PM ET
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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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146