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Michael Pineda on 2 big mistakes to Cano: 'He's a great hitter'

Michael Pineda of the New York Yankees looks

Michael Pineda of the New York Yankees looks on after surrendering a sixth-inning, two-run home run against Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, July 18, 2015. Credit: Jim McIsaac

For the second straight day, the Yankees allowed all their runs on a pair of homers. Only on Saturday, they could not muster the offense to overpower Michael Pineda's two mistakes in a 4-3 loss to Seattle at the Stadium.

Pineda left a fastball up to Robinson Cano, who drove the pitch over the wall just to the left of center to give Seattle a 2-0 lead in the first. In the sixth, Cano homered to right on another fastball, this one intended for the inside corner but instead drifted over the plate.

Pineda left after six, having allowed four earned runs, six hits and two walks and striking out two.

Masahiro Tanaka allowed a pair of home runs to Kyle Seager on Friday night in the Yankees' 4-3 win.

"[Pineda] made a couple of mistakes [Saturday] with his fastball, and he got beat on them," manager Joe Girardi said. "Again, one hitter hurt us really bad. [Saturday] was Robbie, [Friday] was Seager. Overall, he did all right."

Pineda said his slider did not feel sharp, but he and Brian McCann said that had nothing to do with the pitch selection against Cano.

"I love attacking the hitters with my fastball," Pineda said. "I have a really good fastball. We always try to attack the hitters with my fastball. The first homer, he jumped [on the] first pitch. The second homer, I tried to throw my fastball inside and he got it. He's a great hitter."

Pineda has struggled this year when starting on six or more days of rest. In three such starts before Saturday, Pineda gave up 23 hits and four walks for 11 earned runs in 16 1/3 innings (6.06 ERA).

"It's not like he got bombed," Girardi said, "but when you have these long layoffs, you worry."

Said McCann: "I don't think he struggled. He had one of the better hitters in the game who is starting to swing the bat a lot better. Take those away, we're looking seventh, eighth inning with no runs. Sometimes you tip your hat."

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