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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Cano exits in first after HBP

By Mike Mazzeo

Robinson Cano leaves in the first inning after taking a fastball to the knee.
Robinson Cano leaves in the first inning after taking a fastball to the knee.
NEW YORK -- Robinson Cano’s All-Star Game ended rather quickly.

The Yankees second baseman was drilled in the right knee by a 97-mph fastball from Mets ace Matt Harvey in the top of the first inning. Cano limped to first base, but was eventually taken out.

X-rays were negative. Boston’s Dustin Pedroia replaced Cano at second.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees, their fans and agent Jay-Z can’t be happy. You never want to see your superstar player get hurt in an All-Star Game -- even if it’s meaningful. The smart move was clearly to come out and avoid further injury.

CANO’S IMPACT: Cano is the only real threat in the Yankees’ lineup. The 30-year-old veteran, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, is hitting .302 with 21 home runs and 65 RBIs.

DAD WEIGHS IN: Cano’s father, Jose, who pitched to Robinson in Saturday night’s Home Run Derby, thinks his son will stay with the Yankees. Cano would not comment. ESPN NewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand has the news story.