Today: RHP Phil Hughes (4-13, 4.91) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (7-4, 3.66). 1:05pm, YES/MLB Network
Tuesday: RHP Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.89) vs LHP Chris Sale (10-12, 2.99). 7:05pm, YES
Wednesday: LHP CC Sabathia (12-11, 4 .91) vs LHP Hector Santiago (4-8, 3.43). 7:05pm, YES
The Yankees have the results of Robinson Cano’s X-ray, and now they can breathe a sigh of relief. Cano’s left hand shows no fracture, and he’s considered day-to-day with a contusion (bruise).
You would imagine that Cano might sit out tomorrow’s game with an off-day coming up on Thursday, but considering what might have been, that’s very welcome news for the Yanks. We’ll have more from the clubhouse later tonight.
TORONTO — Alfonso Soriano officially joined the 400 home run club on Tuesday, connecting for the milestone blast off Blue Jays’ left-hander J.A. Happ during the Yankees’ game at Rogers Centre.
Soriano homered in his first two plate appearances of the evening to become the seventh player to hit his 400th homer as a Yankee, belting a three-run blast to left field in the first inning off Happ before following up with a solo shot in the third inning.
The homers were Soriano’s 10th and 11th since joining the Yankees from the Cubs in a July 26 trade, marking his sixth multi-homer game of the season and the 36th of his Major League career. He has 28 overall for the year.
“His numbers have been pretty good,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Tuesday’s game. “What he’s done here in the month of August, I’m sure people are talking about it. There’s baseball left in this guy, and he can have a really good year.”
Soriano started his big league career with the Yankees in 1999 and hit 98 homers for New York before being traded to the Rangers in the Feb. 2004 deal that brought Alex Rodriguez to the Bronx.
He hit 64 home runs in his two seasons with Texas, then enjoyed a 46-homer campaign with the Nationals in 2006 before signing as a free agent with the Cubs, where Soriano slugged 181 of his career home runs.
Soriano can claim some select company in slugging his 400th homer in a Yankees uniform. The other six players to have done so are Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, Gary Sheffield and A-Rod.
TORONTO — The Yankees have managed to stay in the postseason chase despite numerous injuries to star players this season, with one of their constants being the presence of second baseman Robinson Cano.
That is now officially in jeopardy, as Cano was hit on the left hand by a 90 mph J.A. Happ fastball in the first inning of New York’s game on Tuesday at Rogers Centre. He was diagnosed with a left hand contusion, but was sent for precautionary X-rays.
Cano doubled over in pain and smashed his helmet several times into the turf after the plunking, attended to on the field by manager Joe Girardi and head athletic trainer Steve Donohue.
After a lengthy discussion, Cano stayed in the game and was on base when Alfonso Soriano crushed a three-run homer to left field on Happ’s next pitch. Cano then gathered his bats and headed for the clubhouse, where X-rays will surely be taken.
An American League All-Star this year, Cano is hitting .305 with 24 home runs and 85 RBIs in 131 games. He was replaced by Eduardo Nunez at second base for the bottom of the first inning.
It could be the Yankees’ second costly hit-by-pitch this season from the left-hander Happ, who also fractured Curtis Granderson’s right forearm with a pitch during the Yankees’ first exhibition game of Spring Training on Feb. 24.
I’ve been meaning to pass this along for a bit: the ‘Yankees On Demand’ crew has compiled a very well-done documentary going inside the Yankees’ war room as the Trade Deadline approached, which resulted in the acquisition of Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs.
You’ll get a look at the analysis and research that goes on behind the scenes at Yankee Stadium, with general manager Brian Cashman, assistant general manager Billy Eppler and others leading the way. Here’s the video: