Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Robinson Cano swatted a go-ahead three-run homer
in the fourth inning that lifted the New York Yankees to a 4-2 victory over
the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opener of a three-game interleague series from
Ivan Nova and four relievers successfully protected the lead after Cano's
fourth long ball in six games, with Mariano Rivera throwing a perfect ninth to
nail down the save in a matchup where both teams honored Jackie Robinson Day
by wearing the number 42 on all players' jerseys.
Rivera, of course, is the only remaining active player still donning the
number since it was retired throughout all of Major League Baseball in 1997.
The Yankee closer announced prior to the season that he will retire at the
Cano finished 2-for-4 and Nova (1-1) held Arizona to two runs while striking
out six over the first five innings to help New York to its sixth win in seven
games following a 1-4 season start.
Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy (0-2), meanwhile, labored through four
innings in which the right-hander permitted three runs on nine hits and threw
Cody Ross went 2-for-4 with an RBI single to pace Arizona, which entered the
set having won three of its last four outings.
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