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NEW YORK – The Yankees announced on Monday that they have chosen to exercise 2013 contract options for second baseman Robinson Cano, outfielder Curtis Granderson and right-handed reliever David Aardsma.
The options on Cano and Granderson are worth $15 million each, while Aardsma’s option is worth $500,000. None of the three choices were considered to be especially surprising decisions for the Yankees.
Cano batted .313 with a career-high 33 home runs and 94 RBIs in 161 regular season games before fading in the postseason as the Yankees were swept in four games by the Tigers in the American League Championship Series.
The 30-year-old Cano has compiled eight straight seasons of at least 150 hits to begin his career. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marks the longest streak since the Cubs’ Ryne Sandberg did so in 10 straight seasons beginning in 1983.
Granderson led the Yankees with his career-high 43 home runs during the regular season, batting .232 with 102 runs scored and 106 RBIs in 160 games. He also set a new Yankees franchise record with 195 strikeouts, surpassing his own club record of 169 set in 2011.
The 30-year-old Granderson leads the Major Leagues with 84 home runs since the start of the 2011 season and is just the third Yankees player to record consecutive seasons (2011-12) with at least 100 runs, 40 homers and 100 RBIs, joining Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
Aardsma, 30, appeared in one September game for the Yankees after spending most of the season recovering from Tommy John surgery. The former big league closer could figure prominently in the Yankees’ bullpen plans next season.
The Yankees are expected to consider contract extensions for Cano and Granderson at some point in the future.
Robinson Cano is going to have an X-ray performed on his left hand tonight in Toronto after he was hit by a sixth-inning pitch in the Yankees’ 11-4 win over the Blue Jays.
Cano finished the game, but he exited the clubhouse immediately after the game with assistant trainer Mark Littlefield, wearing an ice wrap on the hand.
Joe Girardi said he believes Cano will be fine and the Yankees tried to use a fluoroscope machine at Rogers Centre that revealed no issues, but the Yankees would prefer to have an X-ray done elsewhere to make sure. Results are expected in the morning.
“I feel like I look at Robbie and that dude’s made of steel,” Nick Swisher said. “It seems like he plays all the time. Anytime you’re talking about hands, you get a little concerned, but after I saw him staying in the game, I felt a little better.”
ST. PETERSBURG – As if it wasn’t troublesome enough for the Yankees that Robinson Cano couldn’t flag down Chris Gimenez’s go-ahead hit on Monday, the play came with an added dash of injury concern.
Cano said that he felt his left hip grab as he chased Gimenez’s slow roller through the right side of the infield, which gave the Rays a 4-3 eighth-inning lead that they would hold for the victory.
After receiving treatment from head athletic trainer Steve Donohue, Cano said he was not sure if he will be available to play on Tuesday.
“Right when I tried to bend, my left foot just came straight up and I felt my hip,” Cano said. “It will be hopefully just nothing bad. … It’s tight right now. Hopefully nothing bad or anything.”
In Cano’s eighth-inning at-bat, he neglected to run hard out of the box on a line drive to third baseman Evan Longoria, but he said that was unrelated to any injuries. Cano said he simply believed Longoria had caught the line drive on the fly and then started running when he realized that wasn’t the case.
On Gimenez’s go-ahead hit, Cano said that he was trying to reach for the ball and had a good shot at it, but the ball went under his glove. He said that he would have dove for the ball if the play had been tougher, but Cano didn’t think it was necessary at the time.
“If it was every farther, yeah, of course [he would have dove],” Cano said. “You’ve got to keep the ball in the infield, but if you see the replay, [the hip is] why the ball went under my glove.”
As he spoke to reporters on Monday evening, Cano said that he had already iced the hip and that while he is concerned, he does not believe the injury is very serious.
“I didn’t hear anything pop, thank God,” Cano said. “[We'll] see what happens tomorrow.”
Robinson Cano was booed loudly by the fans at Kauffman Stadium on Monday as the Yankees slugger conducted an interview on the big screen during batting practice. The fans in Kansas City are upset that Cano did not select the Royals’ Billy Butler for the State Farm Home Run Derby.
Every word spoken by Cano seemed to produce more jeers, and he tipped his cap with a smile. The fans also booed again later when Cano was shown on the screen, standing by the batting cage. Cano rounded out his American League squad with the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista, the Tigers’ Prince Fielder and the Angels’ Mark Trumbo.
“I hope they understand that it was a really tough decision for me to make,” Cano said earlier today. “If you’re going to go to the Derby with a team, you want to pick a team that can win. You want to go there and win. This is about a team, not about one guy.”
CC Sabathia has placed his bet for tonight’s State Farm Home Run Derby on Yankees teammate Robinson Cano:
“He’s going to win, for sure. You’ve seen him hit; you’ve seen him take BP. It’s so easy. It’s not a max-effort swing. His swing is so consistent and he doesn’t have to try. I think he’ll win easily.”
SARASOTA, Fla. – Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano left Sunday’s Grapefruit League exhibition against the Orioles after being hit on the left hand by a pitch.
Cano was batting in the sixth inning at Ed Smith Stadium against Baltimore left-hander Troy Patton when he swung at a pitch that clipped his hand, ruled a strikeout by first base umpire Tim Welke.
Cano doubled over in apparent pain and was immediately seen on the field by head athletic trainer Steve Donohue, who helped the slugger into the third-base dugout.
The 29-year-old Cano batted .302 with 28 home runs and 118 RBIs in 159 games for New York last season, setting a career high in RBIs and ranking second in the Major Leagues with 81 extra-base hits.
David Ortiz mentioned earlier this offseason that he had a lot of respect for the way the Yankees do business, and Robinson Cano is among those who believe that Big Papi could be a welcome fit in pinstripes.
“It would be a good idea, having another lefty on the team,” Cano told the New York Daily News on Friday, attending Ortiz’s golf tournament in the Dominican Republic. “We all know he’s a great hitter. Last year, a lot of people were saying, ‘He’s done.’ He proved a lot of people wrong. I like people, when they’re down, they prove people wrong. He came back, did a great job.”
Cano might have to convince general manager Brian Cashman, who has said repeatedly that he doesn’t see pursuing a big bat as a need. Pitching has been the Yankees’ main winter focus, as Cashman says that offense is not a need for New York, despite their outages in the playoffs. The DH role figures to be filled by 21-year-old Jesus Montero, who impressed in September duty.
Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson reacted Thursday to winning the 2011 American League Silver Slugger Awards at their respective positions. The award is the third for Cano (also 2006 and 2010), and the first for Granderson.
ROBINSON CANO: “It’s something I enjoy. It means you had a great season, which is what you’re looking for. You get home and work hard in the offseason and you’re looking forward to this award at the end of the season. … I just say thanks to my dad (Jose). He’s the one that works with me during the offseason and helps me make sure I’m going to keep working harder every year.”
CURTIS GRANDERSON: “It’s definitely an honor and a privilege to be selected. It’s good, but at the same time, it’s never been a goal of mine. I don’t go through the season saying, ‘I want that,’ but if it ends up happening, it’s definitely great. But the team stuff is always the big picture. That’s what the goal is right now, even as we sit here in Taiwan right now.”
Granderson also said that he wasn’t expecting to win a Silver Slugger.
“Not for the reasons I got it for,” he said. “From my understanding, I thought it went to the highest average at the position, and maybe one day I can go ahead and improve in that category, which I’m still trying my best to do, and hopefully be that much more of a well-rounded hitter.”
TORONTO — Alex Rodriguezhas made his expected return to the Yankees’ starting lineup, but not in the expected spot in the batting order. Joe Girardi had him batting fifth behind Robinson Cano on Saturday. More will be up on Yankees.com soon, but here are your starting lineups for Game 2 at Rogers Centre …
Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Jesus Montero, DH
Brett Gardner, LF
Austin Romine, C
Pitching: RH Bartolo Colon (8-9, 3.55 ERA)
BLUE JAYS (76-74)
Mike McCoy, SS
Kelly Johnson, 2B
Jose Bautista, RF
Adam Lind, 1B
David Cooper, DH
Colby Rasmus, CF
Brett Lawrie, 3B
Adam Loewen, LF
Jose Molina, C
Pitching: RH Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 3.09)
Some links from last night …
* Yankees suffer walk-off loss, CC struggles
* Yankees Notebook, on A-Rod, Cervelli and Bobby Murcer
* Colon hopes to trim Yanks’ magic number
With the National League’s 5-1 victory over the American League in the books, the four Yankees who participated in this year’s All-Star Game festivities here in Phoenix will get set to fly on to Toronto, where the Bombers open the second half on Thursday against the Blue Jays.
No one was more jazzed from the Yankees than David Robertson, who fired a scoreless second inning as an emergency fill-in for Josh Beckett, pitching around a Lance Berkman single and striking out Matt Holliday looking on a strike-out, throw-out double play.
“It seems like everything has been really quick, really fast,” Robertson said. “I’m glad I got to pitch in an All-Star Game. It’s something that if it never happens again, I still got to throw in an All-Star Game.”
Here’s some other Yankees reaction from the All-Star festivities as we depart the desert and head back to the regular business:
Dave Robertson, on his initial impressions of the All-Star experience
“Everything’s been great. It’s nice just to talk to thee guys, meeting new people. Even seeing your arch-enemies from the Red Sox and talking to them; they’re all friendly. At least, now we are. Things can change.
“The whole All-Star experience – everything we do, everyone’s in a good mood and laid back. It’s fun.”
Robinson Cano, on his Home Run Derby showing and the immediate reaction
“These guys are saying to me, ‘Wow, you’ve got power – I didn’t know you’ve got that kind of power.’ In this field the ball flies. You have to hit it but it helps you a lot.
“It was more than what I expected. To see my dad pitching, I felt like I was in my own backyard.”
Curtis Granderson, on Cano’s Home Run Derby shot that pelted a Miller Lite sign in right field
“It was definitely amazing how far it was. The only thing that took away from it was the estimated distance. We thought it was a lot further than [472 feet], based on some that were hit out there. But that’s amazing. That was a good one.”
“He got to show ev that power that he had that I’ve been telling everybody about.”
Russell Martin, on feeling as though he belongs more now than in his previous two All-Star appearances
“I definitely feel more established than before. I was a really young kid the first couple of times [in 2007 and 2008]. I feel like I’ve been around the block a little bit and know the ins and outs, and the guys that are here a little bit. It’s good to be back.
“I was nervous before. Now, I definitely won’t be as nervous. I was in a clubhouse with Barry Bonds and all those guys. It was pretty awesome.”