New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (24) connects for...

New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (24) connects for a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning against the Chicago White Sox. (April 26, 2011) Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

No, Robinson Cano was not thinking about Brent Lillibridge when he hit his three-run homer last night in the first inning of the Yankees’ 3-1 win over the White Sox.

Nevertheless, the 1-1 pitch that he lined into the right field stands was really not that far from where Lillibridge, a late substitute, made a dazzling catch of his shot the night before in order to end a Yankee ninth inning comeback.

Cano had taken extra practice before the game, and had been hitting the ball into that same area.

“I’m working on just swinging the bat,” he said. “You’re not looking to hit a home run, just swinging the bat.”

Cano has now homered in two straight games and four of his last five home games. It was his sixth home run of the season, and he is hitting .299 in his first 87 at-bats.

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