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April 30, 2014 at 8:48 AM

A few morning links and notes …

It’s not looking good for baseball today. It rained all last night and hasn’t stopped yet today. Here’s the forecast for later … This is from weather.com

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We were told that with the forecast being so bleak that they make a decision early today instead of having the players show up to the field and wait around all day. Let’s just hope they don’t use Oakland’s weather expert consultant to help them. If the game is postponed, the Mariners would play a doubleheader tomorrow. The forecast isn’t great for Thursday either. But with the new schedules, the Mariners don’t come back again and they don’t have any off-day matches with the Yankees.   They have two – June 2 and August 14.

I would expect we know something in the next two hours.

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Last night probably wasn’t the most enjoyable of Robinson Cano’s career.  Most of the fans at Yankee Stadium didn’t share the opinion of the women in the picture above. Cano didn’t make the back pages of the NY tabloids because Donald Sterling managed to steal the shunlight from him, and deservedly so.  I don’t think Cano minded too much. But there were plenty of people there covering him and his return. As one writer pointed out, “This is the biggest story in the city.”

From the NY papers … 

A few notes …

Cano seemed to handle the night decently. The attention and from the media the sheer amount of people around his locker appeared to make him a little uncomfortable. And after saying the Yankees didn’t show him any respect earlier this year, he was very cautious not go anywhere near that discussion. He was focused on not saying anything that would become headline worthy.

He went 1-for-5 on the night, striking out in his first at-bat. The hit was a little infield hit. He did steal a base following that hit. He also drove in the Mariners’ first run in the fifth inning on a ground ball to first.

“I thought he went about his business pretty good,” McClendon said. “CC made some great pitches on him, good sinkers that were running in on him. Pitches that would be tough on anybody. One thing I told our guys, ‘Don’t forget that guy on the mound drives a Mercedes too, so he’s pretty good.’ I think we have to give him credit as well.”

It’s logical to believe that it will get easier for Cano. The booing will still be there. But the build-up and hype will decrease with each game.

*** Adam Hamari, who was umping third base, ejected first base coach Andy Van Slyke late in the game. This had to do with some check swing calls. Hamari rung up Cano on an appealed third-strike check-swing call, which was questionable at best. An inning later, Hamari was appealed to on a very similar check swing and he said the Yankee hitter did not go. Van Slyke and others on the bench let Hamari here about it. If Hamari’s name seems familiar, he’s the umpire who ejected Fernando Rodney this spring for arguing balls and strikes. Hamari is a Class AAA umpire normally, who does do a few games in the big leagues.

*** Staring pitcher Chris Young was highly complimentary of catcher Mike Zunino, who also went 4-for-5 in the game.

“The game he called was phenomenal,” Young said. “I continue to be just blown away that he’s a rookie back there because he’s doing a great job.”

*** McClendon was very pleased with Dustin Ackley’s two hits – both hard shots to the opposite field. He hopes Ackley is coming out of the minor funk that saw him go 1-for-18 coming into last night’s game.

*** Abraham Almonte struck out three times last night to run his league leading total to 39. Marcus Semien of the White Sox has 37. Almonte has 39 strikeouts in 24 games and 109 plate appearance. There have been three games this season where Almonte hasn’t struck out. His pitch recognition seems a little worse of late. He appears to be guessing on pitches and in between on hittable fastballs. It’s anyone’s guess how long McClendon can stick with him at the top of the line-up or even in it.

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