Although the New York Yankees won today over the Tampa Bay Rays by a score of 3-1, the game was not televised, so there was no opportunity for GIFing. I imagine that it would have been good to capture Francisco Cervelli gunning down two baserunners on two shaky pitches from Ivan Nova, but oh well. One Yankee who did it make it competition on TV today was slugging second baseman Robinson Cano, who continued his hot hitting in the Dominican Republic's comeback victory in the World Baseball Classic against a surprising Italian team.
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The Dominicans went undefeated in the first thanks to Cano's Pool C MVP performance--a .600 batting average and an amazing 15 total bases in just three games against Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Spain. He somehow increased that batting average with a 3-for-4 game against the Italians, bringing his average to .632 (12-for-19 with 22 total bases in four games). Let's just hope that Bobinson saves some of that for the regular season, where his power will be imperative early on while fellow mashers Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, and Alex Rodriguez all recover from injuries.
That's regular season stress though. For now, let's just enjoy watching Cano do something that he is quite good at--hitting spherical objects to faraway places. Four of his seven total bases today came on one swing against Italian Baseball League righthander Tiaga da Silva. The sidearmer previously helped Italy to a 6-5 win over Mexico with 3.1 innings of one-run ball, but with a 1-0 deficit, he grooved a pitch to Robbie, and the results were disastrous:
The home run hit off the second deck at Marlins Park, far beyond the 392 foot sign. It likely went at least 450 feet, I have not yet seen anything about the length of it, but damn.