Mets' Santana rocked in first start after no-hitter | Baseball notebook
Robinson Cano was not going to risk facing Johan Santana's wicked changeup, so he swung at the first two pitches he saw from the Mets' ace...
NEW YORK — Robinson Cano was not going to risk facing Johan Santana's wicked changeup, so he swung at the first two pitches he saw from the Mets' ace.
Cano homered on each of his first two swings against the two-time Cy Young Award winner, and the New York Yankees hit four long balls off an ineffective Santana in a 9-1 rout of the Mets on Friday night.
Santana (3-3) was given two extra days of rest after throwing a career-high 134 pitches last Friday in the first no-hitter in Mets history. But he didn't have it this time.
"A couple of extra days and I felt fine," Santana said. "I just didn't have my feeling for a couple of my pitches."
Mets manager Terry Collins had a different take on Santana's performance.
"It's my doing, it's not his," Collins said. "We erred on the side of caution (giving Santana extra days off), and it cost us the game tonight."
• A man ordered to stand trial for the beating of a Giants fan at Dodger Stadium admitted in a jailhouse conversation that he attacked the man.
A transcript of the talk between Louie Sanchez and co-defendant Marvin Norwood was released Friday after both men were ordered to stand trial on charges of mayhem, assault and battery in the 2011 attack on Bryan Stow. They spoke after they had appeared in a lineup.
Sanchez was recorded saying he got mad at the Giants' fan for making derogatory remarks to his sister. In his words, "I socked him, jumped him and started beating him."
• RHP Yu Darvish's next start has been pushed back two days by the Rangers.
• John Smoltz was inducted into the Braves' Hall of Fame, and the team retired his No. 29.