It kind of got lost in last night's 15-hit Yankees attack, but second baseman Robinson Cano continued pounding the ball at a torrid pace with a home run and a single in five at bats during an 8-3 win over the Orioles. Through two games of the series, Robinson is 5-for-9.
But his hitting streak extends over the past seven games in which Cano has hit .500 (14-28) to raise his MLB-leading batting average to .390. He has two homers and five RBI in that span and has scored seven runs. Cano's average is 17 points better than NL leader Pablo Sandoval (.373) of San Francisco and 22 points ahead of Texas' Vladimir Guerrero (.368), who is second in the AL.
Cano also is tied for second in the AL with 18 runs scored and has 10 multi-hit games this season. No one on the Yankees has started hotter than Cano the past two seasons. His two-year April average is .376 (64-170), which is second-best in MLB in that time frame.