Cano slaps major leather

Robinson Cano usually does damage against the Orioles with his bat. He entered the weekend series against Baltimore Friday night at Yankee Stadium with a .339 career batting average with 43 doubles, 1 triple, 26 home runs and 94 RBI in 144 games and 572 at-bats in his career against the O’s, which would be a pretty terrific single season.

The damage Cano did to the Orioles in the fourth inning, however, was with his glove. He made two superlative plays to keep Baltimore hitters off base that inning. Adam Jones hit a liner over the mound that Cano gloved near the bag with a back-handed stab on the short hop and threw to first base for the first out.

Fans had barely stopped clapping over that play when Cano pulled off another gem. Chris Davis hit a smoking liner that shot off the glove of diving first baseman Lyle Overbay. Cano retrieved the ball in shallow right field with a bare-handed pickup and threw to pitcher Ivan Nova covering first for the second out. Two probable hits became two outs due to the defensive prowess of the All-Star second baseman.

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