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Do the Yankees finally have their Robinson Cano replacement in Starlin Castro?

New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann congratulates New

New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann congratulates New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro on his three-run home run against the Houston Astros during the second inning of an MLB baseball game at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Starlin Castro continued to bask in his early-season glory Thursday, fielding questions before the Yankees’ late afternoon game with the Astros at the Stadium. He’s hitting .583 (7-for-12) with eight RBIs after going 2-for-4 with a home run, his second, in the Yankees’ 8-5 win. A fine day, even if his average did fall 42 points. No matter how dialed in you are, a .625 pace is tough to maintain.

He’s certainly one of the hottest players in baseball, but a former Yankees second baseman also is tearing it up. Robinson Cano had four home runs and seven RBIs in his first three games for the Mariners. He has a major league-leading 19-game hitting streak, dating to last season, and he’ll be here next weekend when the Mariners play a three-game series.

What would it have been like for Castro, he was asked, if Cano was the person he replaced instead of the below-average production of last season.

“I mean, I don’t really ask myself that question,’’ Castro said. “I don’t really know. I don’t really know if I came after him.’’

Cano left the Yankees after the 2013 season for a 10-year, $240-million deal with the Mariners.

“Everybody knows he’s a great player,’’ Castro said. “I talk to him when we play against him. He’s a really good guy and everybody wants to hit like him. He’s a really good person, a really good player. I think he’s the best.’’

If both remain hot, comparisons are apt to be made when the Mariners visit. “I don’t really listen about that,” Castro said. “Coming here, I just try and do my best.’’

Castro batted eighth in the first three games. The former Cub has no idea if he’ll be moved up in the order.

“No, I mean, I don’t know,’’ he said. “That’s one thing I can’t control. I’m not going to go in the manager’s office and say, ‘I want to hit this.’ In Chicago, I got in every way. First, second, third, fourth, seventh, fifth. It doesn’t matter. Anything that’s good for the team.’’

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