Yankees vs. Tigers: Robinson Cano Home Run Gets Hosts On Board

Robinson Cano is teetering on the edge of being overrated, at least by national journalists, but the man is a hell of a baseball player, and in the bottom of the fifth, he finally got the Yankees into this game.

You'll remember that the Yankees left the bases loaded in the fourth, and that the Tigers added a run in the top of the fifth. Each of those were pretty demoralizing from New York's perspective. Then in the bottom of the fifth, Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson started off with consecutive outs.

Up came Cano, and he injected a little energy into this thing. In a 2-2 count, Doug Fister threw Cano a low inside slider, and Cano turned on it, yanking it into the upper deck down the right field line.

The Yankees scored just that one run in the inning and still trail by two - the same margin they were facing several minutes earlier - but it's something, and this thing still has a long way to go. Plus, with David Robertson and Mariano Rivera available, the Yankees can have confidence that the Tigers probably won't do too much more damage.

Fister has thrown 92 pitches, and Joaquin Benoit has been warming. It won't be long before Jim Leyland goes to his bullpen.

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