Cano hits 3-run HR, Yankees beat Diamondbacks 4-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 16, 2013 at 10:18 pm •  Published: April 16, 2013
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NEW YORK (AP) — Robinson Cano and the New York Yankees found all sorts of ways to salute Jackie Robinson.

Cano, whose big league father named him for Robinson, hit a three-run homer. Mariano Rivera, the last major leaguer still wearing the late Hall of Famer's No. 42 on a daily basis, closed for a save.

The final score of the Yankees' win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night seemed equally appropriate: 4-2.

A fitting tribute, indeed, to the man who broke baseball's color barrier.

"That's what we try to do, not only today but every day," Rivera said. "It's special."

The Yankees also honored victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, starting with a pregame moment of silence.

Major League Baseball held Jackie Robinson Day on Monday, the anniversary of the date he debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Arizona and New York were off Monday, so all players, managers, coaches and umpires at Yankee Stadium wore his number on this evening.

"It's amazing to get the chance to wear 42," Cano said.

The Yankees remembered Boston, home of their longtime rivals, by playing the Fenway Park favorite "Sweet Caroline" after the third inning. Several other teams around the majors followed suit.

Yankees fans sang along with the Neil Diamond hit as it came over the public-address system, and some people in the crowd wore Red Sox hats and jerseys.

"Thank you NY Yankees for playing 'Sweet Caroline' for the people of Boston," Diamond wrote on his Twitter page. "You scored a home run in my heart. With respect, Neil (hashtag)OneBoston."

A ribbon was shown on the scoreboard displaying the insignia of the Red Sox and Yankees and the words: "New York stands with Boston ... Pray for Boston."

A message that read "United We Stand" showing the Red Sox and Yankees logos was posted on an electronic board atop the ballpark.

Earlier in the day, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it was time to "put the baseball teams aside" and recognize "we're all behind the people in Boston." Yankees infielder Kevin Youkilis, a longtime Red Sox star whose wife has run the Boston Marathon, said his family was "sick to our stomachs" watching news coverage of the bombings.