MLB Game Summary - Arizona at NY Yankees
(Tuesday, April 16th)
Final Score: NY Yankees 4, Arizona 2
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.
"(Cano) got going and we got going as a team," Yankees manager Joe Girardi
said. "It seemed like when he started to get hot, our offense took off."
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.
With the Yankees down 2-0, Lyle Overbay and Chris Stewart opened the bottom of
the fourth with consecutive singles before Cano clocked McCarthy's full-count
offering deep into the bleachers in right center two batters later to send New
York in front.
"I felt (McCarthy) had a good feeling for the changeup and I just called it
and I never second guessed myself," Arizona catcher Miguel Montero said of the
pitch Cano clubbed over the wall. "It was just a bad pitch. That's it."
The Yankees made the lead hold up with a combined effort from the pitching
staff, as Arizona had just one man reach base against the tandem of Nova and
relievers Boone Logan and Joba Chamberlain over the fifth through seventh
New York then gained a little breathing room in the bottom of the seventh.
Kevin Youkilis greeted the Diamondbacks' Brad Ziegler with a single, took
third on Travis Hafner's double to right, and came around on an Eduardo Nunez
sacrifice fly for a 4-2 score.
David Robertson and Rivera kept Arizona's bats silent over the final two
innings, with the latter retiring the side in order in the ninth for career
save No. 611.
McCarthy worked out of a bases-loaded jam by getting Youkilis to bounce out to
end the second, and Arizona moved ahead by putting up a pair of runs in its
half of the third.
After singles by Gerardo Parra and Paul Goldschmidt around a walk to Martin
Prado filled the sacks with none out, Montero lofted a fly ball to center
to plate the game's first run and Ross followed with a single to left that
brought home Prado.
The Diamondbacks placed second baseman Aaron Hill on the 15-day disabled list
prior to the game after an MRI taken Monday revealed the 2012 NL Silver
Slugger winner had fractured his left hand last week. Rookie infielder Didi
Gregorius (elbow) was activated from the 15-day DL to fill the roster spot ...
Cano is now batting .500 (13-for-26) with four homers, 11 RBI and seven runs
scored over his last six games ... The Diamondbacks fell to 3-10 all-time
against the Yankees in interleague play, which includes a 1-6 mark in games
held in New York ... Nova moved to 5-1 in nine career interleague starts ...
Arizona hosted Baylor star Brittney Griner, selected by the Phoenix Mercury
with the No. 1 overall pick in Monday's WNBA Draft, at the game.
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