ARLINGTON, Texas — Robinson Cano has a chance tonight to do something he never accomplished in nine years with the Yankees: Reach base in 27 consecutive games.
Cano's 26-game streak is the longest current run in the majors, and it matches a streak he had in 2012 while playing for the Yankees.
In case you missed it, Cano also believes the Mariners will be postseason contenders and explains why.
And here's a video of Cano's "sweet swing" as featured in Major League Baseball's latest "For the Love of Baseball" television commercial.
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***The Mariners are expected to confirm later today that DH Corey Hart is going on the disabled list because of a strained left hamstring suffered in Sunday's 6-2 victory at Minnesota. Hart underwent an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) exam on Monday in Seattle.
***The Mariners are also planning to confirm a move to recall infielder Nick Franklin from Triple-A Tacoma. Franklin was pulled from the Rainiers' lineup Sunday at Sacramento shortly after Hart limped off the field in Minneapolis.
***Here's an amazing stat (I think) on Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, who starts tonight's series opener against Texas at Globe Life Park. Since last Sept. 1, he has made eight starts and in six of them he pitched at least seven innings without allowing a run...and the Mariners are 3-3 in those games.
***It created a buzz last weekend when Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reported the Mariners were among five clubs showing interest in outfielder Daniel Carbonell, a 23-year-old defector from Cuba. Now, MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez is reporting that while five clubs have made offers ranging from five to seven years, the Mariners are not one of them. That doesn't mean the Mariners won't make an offer, of course.
Some minor-league links:
***Our TJ Cotterill has the details on Triple-A Tacoma's 11-0 romp over Reno (Diamondbacks) in their return to Cheney Stadium after a 4-8 trip.
***Outfielder Leon Landry went 4-for-4 with three doubles and two RBIs but, as the Jackson Sun writes, it wasn't enough for Double-A Jackson in an 11-9 loss to Montgomery (Rays).
***Jordy Lara's two-run homer keyed a five-run fourth inning for Hi-A High Desert in a 7-1 victory over Inland Empire (Angels). From the Victorville Daily Press.
***Chantz Mack's three-run homer helped Lo-A Clinton rough up on of the Cardinals' top prospects, Alex Reyes, in an 8-2 victory over Peoria. From the LumberKings' web site.