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Robinson Cano bunted for a double against the Red Sox

Sep 13, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

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Facing an infield shift with the bases empty and two outs in the first inning, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano bunted down the third base line against Red Sox starter John Lackey. With third baseman Will Middlebrooks playing too far off the line, the ball trickled towards the stands to the left of the line. Shortstop Stephen Drew dashed after it, then fired to second but Cano was already at the bag safely for a double.

Unfortunately for the Yankees, Alfonso Soriano struck out swinging to end the inning, making Cano’s glorious double all for naught. The Red Sox scored four in the bottom half of the inning against Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda. The Yankees did get one run in the top of the third on a Brendan Ryan home run, his fourth of the season and first as a Yankee.

  1. aceshigh11 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Typical dawdling, lollygagging Cano.

    A real scrapper like Pedroia would’ve stretched that into a triple.

    • tfbuckfutter - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      Yeah, but Jeter would have bunted for the triple, made a play on the ball after being safe, AND thrown himself out at first, AND scored the run from third earning himself both a run and an RBI on the sac bunt.

      Jeter can elevate his game to defy the space-time-continuum.

      THAT’S scrappy.

    • rje49 - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      Notice how the Yankee announcer incorrectly said Middlebrooks ran down the ball? Middlebrooks caught the throw at second base! From Steven Drew.

    • BalladOfKyleBlanks - Sep 16, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      This is awesome

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    That is part of the enjoyment of baseball. The unexpected plays can be fun.

    I understand that both Rivera and Robertson will not be available to pitch tonight. Fortunately, they may not be needed.

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      Gotta love the grand slam.

      • sabatimus - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:31 PM

        I want a tale of the tape on that sucker.

      • dan1111 - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:32 AM

        Fortunately, they were not needed…

  3. albertmn - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Even we non-Yankee fans have to applaud a heads up play like that. I wish more players would do that to offset some of the ridiculous overshifts.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      Yanks have tried it a ton this year, unfortunately most didn’t work out.

  4. Francisco (FC) - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    This is what every professional MLB hitter should do when they see a bases empty shift: Bunt a double into the opposite field. Keep them honest. If you can. If you can’t well… say goodbye to 40 hits per 500 PA.

  5. dan46778 - Sep 14, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    I really don’t understand y more guys don’t blunt when y c a shift against them

    • American of African Descent - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Seriously, how hard is it to type “you” and “see.” Unless your a tween girl, stop abbreviating already short words with letters.

      • jimeejohnson - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        Short word police have a rough job.

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