As His Numbers Go Up, Cano Moves Up In the Batting Order

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PETER K IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

Published: March 21, 2012

The New York Times

By PETER KERASOTIS

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Robinson Cano talks about how it does not matter where he bats in the Yankees’ lineup. Of course, he can talk all he wants. It is his smile that belies him.

Cano began his career living on the outskirts of the batting order. His rookie season, 2005, he started out hitting ninth. Since then, he has made a steady migration up, to seventh, then to fifth. Now, a week from the season opener, Cano is poised to move into the prime real estate that is batting third.

When it was suggested to him that the No. 3 spot is traditionally reserved for a team’s best hitter, Cano flashed a smile as wide as his plate coverage often is.

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