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07:12 AM ET 04.08 | So far, so good for Robinson Cano, whose discipline at the dish is paying off early in his tenure as a No. 5 hitter in 2010. Installing Cano as the No. 5 hitter was, as Girardi said in mid-March, a natural part of his development. The Yankees felt that Cano, at 27 years old, was ready to handle more responsibility in a prime run-producing spot between Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada, especially in the wake of Hideki Matsui's departure. Even though he was superb last year -- .320, 25 homers, 85 runs batted in -- Cano batted .207 with runners in scoring position, the second-worst average among the 106 players who had at least 150 plate appearances in that situation.

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