Yanks welcome Cano, Mariners to Bronx MondayCano and the Mariners will make up their previously rained out game with the Yankees
The second baseman is dealing with a bone bruise on his left hand, and the Mariners are hoping he can return to help Felix Hernandez win a career high-tying fifth consecutive start in Monday night's makeup game.
Cano drove in a combined three runs in his first series against New York, for which he played nine seasons before joining Seattle in the offseason. The five-time All-Star had one hit in both victories April 29 and May 1, and the middle game of that set was rained out.
The Mariners are hoping to have Cano back after a four-game absence as they play this rescheduled contest. Manager Lloyd McClendon said before Sunday's 4-0 win over Detroit that Cano hasn't taken part in any hitting but has fielded ground balls and worked out.
Cano, who played at least 159 games in his previous seven seasons, hit .409 with 12 RBIs in the 17 contests before the injury.
"The right thing to do is to get it quieted down so you can proceed and get ready to play again so we're almost there. We'll see how he is tomorrow," McClendon told the team's official website.
In the opener to a seven-game road trip, the Mariners (28-28) will try to move above .500 for the first time since they were 24-23 on May 23. They're seeking their first three-game win streak since a season-high five-game run May 3-7.
Hernandez (7-1, 2.57 ERA) will try to contribute with another stellar outing. The right-hander has allowed one run in both of his last two starts and pitched at least eight innings in each of his last three.
Hernandez came within one out of a complete game in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels, yielding one run and four hits while striking out nine for the second straight outing.
He won his final five starts in 2009 and will face a Yankees team that's missing Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira as he attempts to match that streak. New York (29-26) has batted .231 in its last 17 games and produced a combined 13 runs during a 2-3 stretch.
"These are the guys we have and they've got to find a way to get it done," manager Joe Girardi said. "We've got to be able to score more runs."
The Yankees totaled six runs while dropping two of three to Minnesota this weekend. Despite their final 18 batters failing to get on base, they held a one-run lead in the ninth in Sunday's finale before closer David Robertson imploded in a 7-2 defeat.
Robertson was charged with a career high-tying five runs in his second blown save in 14 chances for New York, loser of nine of 13 at home.
David Phelps (1-2, 3.38) will try to help his club bounce back by ending his two-start losing streak. The right-hander gave up a season-high five runs - three earned - and eight hits in six innings of a 6-0 defeat at St. Louis on Tuesday.
Phelps has gone 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA in his last three home starts dating to last June. He pitched five scoreless innings in his only one this season, a 7-1 win over Pittsburgh on May 17. He has never faced the Mariners at Yankee Stadium and did not get a decision in his only start against them June 9, giving up one run and three hits over six innings of a 2-1 victory.
David Phelps RHP
Felix Hernandez RHP