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As expected, Robinson Cano was booed at Yankee Stadium. He was booed in every at-bat and every play he made in the field. He was cheered – when he made outs.
But by the end of the miserably cold and rainy night, there weren’t enough people left to boo Cano or the Mariners as they shared postgame victory handshakes.
Seattle has now won four of its last five games and is 11-14 on the season.
The announced game-time temperature of 46 degrees was the coldest the Mariners have played in at the Bronx since a 49-degree day in 1992. With winds whipping around to make it colder, the pregame showers and a light mist in the air, it felt a lot like … well … Safeco Field this time of year. The rain started coming down midgame, which is different from Safeco. So maybe it was more like Cheney Stadium in Tacoma in April.
“They were really bad,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said of the conditions. “It was very cold and very wet. I’m not sure how windy it was up there (press box), but it was very windy on the field.”
I tried to get video of Cano … but this is what I was dealing with
Cano was obviously asked about the less than warm reception from fans.
“That’s not something I can control,” he said. “I can do one thing and that’s do my job.”
Was he surprised at how many boos?
“I’m not surprised,” he said. “Like I said, you are going to some cheers and some boos. That’s not a distraction.”
Was he hoping for a better reception?
“I would say not only me, but anybody, anyone who goes back to where he used to play,” he said. “I knew I was going to get some boos this year. You are always going to hear more of the boos than the cheers, that’s not something I can control. Like I said, it’s not a distraction. I really had fun. It doesn’t bother me at all.”
When it was mentioned that other players have left and never got this sort of reception, and why he’s enduring it, Cano replied, “I don’t know. That’s something you are going to have to ask them. Whatever the fans say, I can’t control.”
Was it wrong for them to boo?
“I don’t want to say they are wrong or right,” he said. “What they say, I can’t control. I just go out and do my job.”
The Mariners banged out nine hits against CC Sabathia, who lasted just five innings and was charged with four earned runs. It tied Sabathia’s shortest start against the Mariners in his career. Coming into Monday night, Sabathia was 12-4, 2.48 earned-run average in 22 career starts against Seattle, which included eight wins in his last nine starts.
With Sabathia out, the Mariners tacked on some much-needed insurance runs in the seventh inning against the Yankees bullpen. Cano reached on an infield single, stole second and scored on Dustin Ackley’s pinch-hit single to left field to make it 5-2.
“That was a big hit for us because it looked like we weren’t going to add on tonight, and usually that means trouble,” McClendon said. “Ack came out and got that pinch hit for us and we added on again.”
Ackley later scored on Mike Zunino’s fourth hit of the night – a little RBI bloop single to right. Zunino’s four hits were a career high. Not bad for a guy, who was battling the flu.
“I didn’t try to do too much,” Zunino said. “Sometimes when you aren’t feeling 100 percent you don’t try to do that and that’s a key to this game. I just came out and told skip I was ready to go. Luckily I was able to barrel some balls up and not barrel some balls up and still find holes.”
Mariners starter Chris Young picked up the win. It was his first win since Sept. 2, 2012 after missing much of the past two seasons with injuries. Young pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts. He wouldn’t make much of the milestone.
“I’m happy the team won, it’s a team win,” he said. “We got down early and the guys picked me up and got the runs back. It’s just a great team win.”
So no emotion about getting that win?
“It’s a game where we are judged on our results, but wins and losses are so far beyond a pitcher’s control,” he said. “I’ve learned not to get caught up in the emotion of wins and losses. You pitch great and you lose. You pitch poorly and you win. I’m just happy the team won.”
Yes, Fernando Rodney was an adventure again in the ninth. It just seems it will be that way more often than not.