The beaning took place in the first inning as the Yankee second baseman made his first plate appearance. With the count 0 and 2, Happ came inside with a 90 mph fastball, plunking Cano in the hand. The Yankee training staff immediately rushed to treat Cano, who was writhing in pain and was promptly ushered into the clubhouse. J.A. Happ is also the pitcher who, earlier in the season, hit Yankee slugger Curtis Granderson with a pitch, breaking the outfielder's forearm in the process and causing him to miss 38 games.
Thankfully for the Yankees' playoff prospects, the team announced during the game that X-rays were negative and that Cano will be listed as day-to-day.
Teams may want to reconsider throwing at New York hitters, as it seems to galvanize their newly potent bats. The next batter after Cano was the white-hot mid-season acquisition, Alfonso Soriano -- last week's AL Player of the Week --. Soriano wasted no time, blasting the first pitch he saw into the left-field upper-deck of Toronto's Rogers Centre. That was only the first of two homers for Soriano in the game, who finished with 4 RBI. The Yanks pulled away from there, with homers from Mark Reynolds and Alex Rodriguez cementing a decisive 7-1 victory against their division rivals.
This seems to echo the August 18th game against the Boston Red Sox, in which the Yankees rallied to win after embattled Yankees third baseman, Alex Rodriguez, was controversially hit by pitcher Ryan Dempster. "You saw how the game ended up" Red Sox All-Star, David Ortiz said afterwards. "Alex later hit one way out there. You're talking about a good team that you can't wake up."