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Robinson Cano back in lineup as DH, Curtis Granderson also returns

Robinson Cano is congratulated by Raul Ibanez after

Robinson Cano is congratulated by Raul Ibanez after scoring against the Tampa Bay Rays during a game at Tropicana Field. (Sept. 3, 2012) Credit: Getty

UPDATE:

Robinson Cano's hip can't be feeling too bad. He hit a two-run home run off of Rays pitcher Alex Cobb in the first inning to put the Yankees ahead 2-0.

The homer was Cano's 29th of the season, which ties his career high set in 2010.

 

Robinson Cano's wish to not miss time seems to have been granted. The Yankees second baseman is in tonight's starting lineup as the DH and batting cleanup against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Cano felt tightness in his left hip in the eighth inning of the Yankees' 4-3 loss in their series opener against the Rays on Monday. His immediate return to the lineup is a good sign for the Yanks, who have struggled with injuries and could ill afford to have another player hit the disabled list.

Curtis Granderson, who had missed the past two games with tightness in his right hamstring, also makes his return to the starting lineup, batting second and playing center field.

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