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Stiff neck sidelines Cano against Rangers

Stiff neck sidelines Cano against Rangers

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Stiff neck sidelines Cano against Rangers
NEW YORK -- Robinson Cano did not play in the Yankees' 3-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday due to a stiff neck, but manager Joe Girardi appeared unconcerned after the game.

"Guys sleep wrong sometimes," Girardi said. "We got a win without him. It probably doesn't hurt him to have an off-day, either, so it might play a big role as the season goes on and he gets a full off-day today, which was nice."

Girardi said the Yankees tried to get Cano ready to play, but the stiffness persisted; Jayson Nix started at second base instead. Nix went 2-for-4 with a pair of infield singles, a stolen base and a run scored out of the nine-hole, but Girardi would like to have Cano back in the middle of the order as the Yankees attempt to sweep Texas on Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

"Hopefully, he'll be ready to play tomorrow," Girardi said. "If not, we'll give him one more day. He's day by day."

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