Cano out of lineup, but hand is better

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano hopes his injured Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano hopes his injured hand will feel better and allow him to play on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

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DETROIT -- Robinson Cano's left hand felt better than it had Sunday, but not good enough for the second baseman to play Monday night in the Yankees' 5-3 win. "Hopefully [Tuesday night],'' he said.

Cano received what he described as a "sinker'' from Ivan Nova on a pickoff play Sunday and exited before his next at-bat. X-rays of the hand were negative Sunday, and the diagnosis was a bone bruise. "It was a lot worse [Sunday],'' he said. "I couldn't hold a bat.''

Joe Girardi said his level of concern was low, but he didn't have Cano do anything other than stretch and run. "They don't want me to do anything,'' said Cano, replaced by Eduardo Nuñez (RBI double). "We don't want to make it worse.''

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Still searching

Phil Hughes saw Dr. Robert William Thompson in St. Louis yesterday afternoon, but the Yankees are no closer to figuring out the cause of his missing velocity. The team announced Monday night that the pitcher tested "negative for all circulatory and vascular issues." Hughes, sent to Thompson to see if he has thoracic outlet syndrome, a circulatory disorder, will return to New York and continue his arm-strengthening program.

Nice numbers

Mariano Rivera has allowed one earned run against the Tigers in the last 12 years, according to the Detroit Free Press -- a homer by Curtis Granderson. Since blowing a save at Tiger Stadium in July 1999, he has pitched 361/3 innings against the Tigers, allowing one earned run and going 23-for-23 in save chances. He picked up his 11th save Monday night with a perfect ninth.

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The Yankees had 45 homers in 25 games entering last night -- 40 in 498 at-bats by Cano, Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Russell Martin, Jorge Posada and Alex Rodriguez. They didn't hit any Monday night.

Five Tigers pitchers threw 195 pitches Monday night, 111 for strikes.

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