Cano's blazing April reminiscent of O'Neill

Cano's blazing April reminiscent of O'Neill

NEW YORK -- The last Yankee to lead the league in April hitting was Paul O'Neill in 1994. Suffice it to say O'Neill does not share much in common with Robinson Cano.

"They both wanted to be great, and you could probably leave it at that," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, laughing. "They both worked very hard at their trade. Paul didn't smile quite as much as Robbie does."

Cano, of course, has reason to smile. With three hits -- including two home runs -- on Thursday, Cano upped his average to .407 -- 48 points higher than the American League's second-best hitter, Scott Podsednik, and 34 points higher than the National League's top hitter, Pablo Sandoval. Barring something unfathomable, Cano will become the first Yankee since O'Neill to finish the first month of the season atop the leaderboard. O'Neill won the AL batting title with a .359 average in 1994.