Cano extends personal-best hit streak to 21 games

Cano extends personal-best hit streak to 21 games

NEW YORK -- Robinson Cano has wasted little time extending his hitting streak of late, and Wednesday was no different.

The Yankees second baseman sent a first-inning fastball from Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero to left field, where Rajai Davis was unable to make the tough catch. He was credited with a double, giving him a career-high 21-game hitting streak during an inning in which the Yanks stormed out to a 4-0 lead.

In each of his past five games, Cano extended the streak in his first at-bat.

Cano is the only Major Leaguer with a hitting streak of at least 15 games in each of the past four seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. But he never had a streak this long, and it marks the first 20-game streak in New York since Derek Jeter hit safely in 20 consecutive games in 2007, and Alex Rodriguez hit safely in 23.

Cano was hitting .295 before the streak started but entered Wednesday with a .320 average after going 32-for-79 through the streak's first 20 games. He had six doubles, six homers, 20 RBIs and 13 runs scored with a .405 average in that time.

"A 20-game hit streak means that he's being productive," said manager Joe Girardi. "As far as how far it goes, I really haven't thought too much about that. I think all of us expect Robby to have good at-bats every day, and when he does that, he's going to get his base hits. Him hitting in 20 straight games doesn't really surprise me."