YMLN - Cano Finding His Power Stroke

In Saturday's Yankees Minor League Notebook - YMLN - Robinson Cano goes deep again. Matt Desalvo has a big night on the mound, Jorge DePaula's return in over a year does not go well, and Christian Garcia struggles in his 2005 debut. All this and much more in the Yankees Minor League Notebook.

Columbus Clippers: Robinson Cano and the Columbus Clippers are on fire to begin the 2005 season. Cano, batting third in the lineup, went 2-4 with his third home run of the season. He has been known to start off hot, hitting .356 with 3 HRs through April 21st last season. Mitch Jones, playing first base for the Clippers Saturday, went 1-3 with a solo home run, his first HR on the young season...Jones had hit three home runs in his first three games at the start of last season. RHP Ramon Ramirez scattered four hits over seven innings Saturday, allowing just one earned run while striking out six batters and walking none. It was a much better start with the Clippers this go around after pitching to the tune of a 11.25 ERA with Columbus in his first three starts last season.

Trenton Thunder: RHP Matt DeSalvo struck out nine batters in six innings, allowing one earned run on three hits and three walks. DeSalvo struck out a season-high 11 batters last season on May 21st, but did not have more than 8 K's in any other game last year. RHP Edwardo Sierra pitched innings of shutout relief to pick up his first save of the 2005 season. He did walk three batters in the process however. Sierra, who has been battling control problems, walked at least three batters in an outing five times last season, but he did not throw as many as three innings in an outing all of last season.

CF Melky Cabrera went 2-4 with an RBI in the 2-1 Thunder victory Saturday, his second straight multi-hit game. He has a long way to go towards duplicating his 8-game muli-hit streak from last season (4/18-4/27). LF Kevin Thompson went 1-3 at the plate Saturday, hitting safely in each of his first three games this season. Thompson has a few games to go before reaching his season high hit streak of last season. He had an 8-game hit streak for the Trenton Thunder and an 8-game streak for the Tampa Yankees in 2004.

Tampa Yankees: Unfortunately for Jorge DePaula and the Yankees, DePaula picked off right where he left off. DePaula, who missed the entire 2004 season, allowed 9 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings in his last start of 2003 and then served up five earned runs in five innings in his 2005 debut with the Tampa Yankees Saturday. RHP Jeff Kennard would have liked to start off where he finished last season. He gave up two earned runs on two hits and two walks in one inning of work Saturday. Kennard struck out four batters in 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in his final appearance with the Tampa Yankees last season.

SS Hector Made went 2-4 with two RBI in the loss Saturday, driving in the only two Tampa runs of the day. It was Made's second straight game with at least two RBI, a feat he only accomplished twice last season with the Battle Creek Yankees. 1B John Urick went 1-2 with a double and two walks Saturday. He did not strike out again Saturday, giving him three straight games without a "K"....Urick started off the 2004 season not striking out until his 8th game of the season. DH Eric Verbryke went 2-3 with a double of his own in the loss.

Charleston Riverdogs: RHP Christian Garcia had the type of season debut he'd soon rather forget. Garcia allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks in three innings Saturday as the Riverdogs were bombed 8-2 by the Augusta Greenjackets. It was Garcia's worst outing since allowing three earned runs in three innings to the Gulf Coast League Phillies on August 11th of last season.

LF Estee Harris went 1-3 and drove home the only two Charleston runs with his first home run of the season in the bottom of the second inning, oddly enough also his first hit of the '05 season. Harris didn't hit his first home run last season until April 26th. CF Tim Battle went 0-4 Saturday with four strikeouts. It was the fourth time in his short career he's struck out four times in a game. RF Jonathan Poterson continues to struggle to start the season, going 0-3 in the loss Saturday, extending his hitless streak to three games. As badly as he started in 2004, Poterson never went four games without a hit last season so he could be treading in uncharted waters come Sunday.

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