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Cano, Rivera help Yanks celebrate No. 42

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NEW YORK -- Two appropriate men led the New York Yankees to a win on the day the team celebrated Jackie Robinson's legacy.

With players on both teams wearing No. 42 in honor of the man who broke baseball's color barrier, Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer, and Mariano Rivera got the save as the Yankees topped the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 Tuesday.

Cano's first name is a tribute to the baseball Hall of Famer, while Rivera is the last player who still regularly wears No. 42.

"He's the guy who opened the door for us," Cano said of Robinson, according to Newsday. "It's amazing to get a chance to wear No. 42 for a day."

Cano hit his fourth of the season with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning. All of his home runs have been out the No. 2 spot, and he is 13-for-25 with 11 RBIs over his past six games.

"Robby got going, and we got going as a team," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, according to the Star-Ledger.

Rivera pitched a hitless ninth for his third save of the season and 611th career save.

"He's the right guy to have No. 42." Cano said of Rivera, according to the Star-Ledger.

The Yankees are missing All-Stars Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez, but Cano's home run was their 19th in their first 12 games.

Cano hit a changeup from Brandon McCarthy (0-2).

"It's still such a hit or miss pitch that sometimes it's there and sometimes it's not," McCarthy said, according to the Arizona Republic." It's very hard for me to get to a place where it can be relied on in a situation. But it was coming along and I felt like it was doing what we needed it to do."

Rainouts pushed Ivan Nova's second start back 11 days, and this time, he made it through the fifth inning after pitching 4 1/3 innings on April 5 in Detroit. Nova (1-1) allowed two runs and nine hits in five innings in an outing that saw him pitch better after laboring through the first three innings.

Boone Logan struck out two in the sixth and recorded the first out of the seventh. Joba Chamberlain recorded the final two outs of the seventh and David Robertson pitched a hitless eighth.

McCarthy made his fourth career start against the Yankees but was tagged with three runs and nine hits in four innings.

The game was New York's first since Monday's bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The Yankees showed their solidarity with Boston by playing Fenway Park favorite "Sweet Caroline" after the third.

The game was scoreless until the third after the Yankees left the bases loaded twice against McCarthy. McCarthy ended the first by retiring Ichiro on a ground out to first base and ended the second by getting Kevin Youkilis on a ground out to second base after issuing an intentional walk to Cano.

Arizona opened a 2-0 lead in the third as Miguel Montero lifted a sacrifice fly that scored Gerardo Parra. Cody Ross followed with a base hit to left hit that drove in Martin Prado.

After McCarthy stranded a runner in the third, he opened the fourth by giving up consecutive singles to Lyle Overbay and Chris Stewart. After striking out Brett Gardner, Cano launched a full count changeup into the lower rows of the right-center-field bleachers.

NOTES: The bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon were on the minds of the Yankees, especially Youkilis, who appeared in six games on Patriot's Day for the Red Sox and spent Monday afternoon texting friends and family in Boston to make sure nobody was injured. "I've been down there on the finish line and it's an amazing thing to watch these people finish a marathon, and then something tragic like that happens," he said. "You can't put into words. We were very fortunate reaching out to all the people we know that everyone was OK. It was unfortunate that a hundred people are in the hospital or lost their lives. It ate me up a lot." ... New York left-hander Andy Pettitte threw about 35 to 40 pitches in a bullpen session and reported no pain with his back. Pettitte still remains on track to start Friday in Toronto. ... The Diamondbacks announced that second baseman Aaron Hill was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left hand. Manager Kirk Gibson said Hill is expected to miss four to six weeks. Hill's roster spot was taken by infielder Didi Gregorius, who was acquired in the offseason in a three-team trade with Cleveland and Cincinnati. Gregorius was on the disabled list with a strained right elbow and hit .387 in seven rehab games for Triple-A Reno.
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