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Home Run Derby fan favorite Cano struggling

Updated: 2012-10-15T04:46:23Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano might be having flashbacks to this July at Kauffman Stadium.

Booed mercilessly by Royals fans for leaving Billy Butler off the American League's team in the Home Run Derby, Cano went without a longball that night at Kauffman Stadium.

Now he's suffering through a different kind of futility.

According to the New York Times, Cano has not had a hit or reached base since Oct. 8, and his futility reached an unprecedented level Sunday. After going zero for four against the Tigers, he extended his hitless streak to 26 at-bats, breaking a single-year postseason record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The record over multiple postseasons belongs to Dan Wilson, who was hitless in 42 straight at-bats from 1995 to 2000.

“I've been chasing a few pitches, but also I've been hitting the ball hard, just right at people,” Cano told reporters on Sunday. “There's nothing you can do.”

Not surprisingly, Cano is hearing boos once again. Only this time it is from Yankees fans.

“I know I've been struggling,” Cano told reporters. “I've been swinging good; I feel good at the plate. All I can do is just stay positive and be ready to play Tuesday.”

To reach Pete Grathoff, send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com

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