By Mike Harrington
TORONTO -- The Yankees were happy with Tuesday's 7-1 victory over the Blue Jays/Bisons. They were more than happy with Robinson Cano's negative X-ray.
Cano was drilled in the first inning by a J.A. Happ pitch. If the hand was broken and he was out for the season, that probably would have been it for their wild-card hopes. So it was a rare reprieve in a season that' s featured two broken hand bones for Curtis Granderson (one from Happ in spring training) and one last week from Jayson Nix thanks to R.A. Dickey.
"Obviously your thought is, whenever a guy gets hit in the hand, you're concerned," said manager Joe Girardi. "He could be out for a while. You're never really sure. Every hand that has been X-rayed has come back poorly. We had to go to another country to get a good one."
"I was hurt. I was real concerned," Cano said. "It was a lot of pain. The doctor checked me [in the Blue Jays' clubhouse). We wanted to make sure and went to the hospital."
Cano said he will sit out Wednesday's series finale and should play Friday. Backup Eduardo Nunez tweaked his knee on the turf and is iffy for Wednesday as well, leaving Mark Reynolds potentially at second base.
Prior to the game, I attended Mariano Rivera's session with Blue Jays' employees. Be sure to read my column in Wednesday's editions of The News.
More on the Yankees' win:
Alfonso Soriano: A three-run bomb in the first and another one in the third, giving him 400 for his career. He said he wanted two days between hits 1,999 and 2,000 while with the Cubs a couple years ago and wanted no repeat.
"If I see something at home plate, I want to swing," he said.
"I knew he could hit. I've been impressed how well he can play in the outfield," said Andy Pettitte. "He's been very aggressive on the basepaths. He looks like a young man out there and I know he's not. It's a great pickup for us. It's energizing."
Andy Pettitte: Three straight quality starts, three straight wins. One earned run in the last 19 2/3 innings. A 10-9 record for the 41-year-old. Pettitte said his mechanics were completely off last month but he's found them again.
"It obviously has to do with my arm slot, it has to do with my hand position," he said. "At my age, I didn't think I'd ever lose that again but I did."
Ex-Bisons report: Moises Sierra went 3 for 3 but ran into an out at home and was hit on the bases by a groundball. Kevin Pillar's RBI double drove in the only Toronto run. Ryan Goins went 2 for 3 and is batting .421.
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