Cano has enjoyed tremendous success against Clay Buchholz heading into Wednesday night's home meeting with the Boston Red Sox.
Boston cruised to an 8-2 victory over New York in Monday's season opener. The Yankees finished with six hits as they used a makeshift lineup without injured stars Derek Jeter , Alex Rodriguez , Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson .
Cano had a single in four at-bats, striking out as the potential tying run in the seventh inning.
Plenty is expected from the superstar second baseman, who was the World Baseball Classic MVP in the spring for the Dominican Republic. Manager Joe Girardi is counting on newcomer and cleanup hitter Kevin Youkilis , the former Boston slugger, to protect Cano in the lineup.
"If they don't wanna pitch to Robby, he's gotta understand that they're not going to pitch to him and we'll let Youk beat 'em, that's the bottom line," Girardi said.
Cano, who can become a free agent at the end of 2013, made headlines Tuesday for dumping agent Scott Boras in favor of a new company formed by musician Jay-Z's Roc Nation and CAA Sports.
"At this point in my career, I am ready to take a more active role in my endeavors both on and off the field," Cano said in a statement.
Cano is 12 for 25 with four doubles and a homer against Buchholz (11-8, 4.64 ERA), who went 0-5 with a 5.62 ERA over his final eight 2012 starts.
The Red Sox right-hander went 0-2 with a 15.26 ERA in two starts against New York last year, surrendering eight homers over 7 2-3 innings. One of those home runs was by Cano.
Boston expects better results in 2013 from Buchholz, who went 3-0 with a 0.79 ERA in six spring starts.
"I thought he was better overall with particularly his fastball location, (using the) bottom of the strike zone, and if that holds true to form going forward, he should be a very good and certainly a very strong starting pitcher for us," manager John Farrell told the Red Sox's official website.
Buchholz's 7.19 ERA against New York is his second-worst against any club.
Farrell's Boston managerial debut Monday was a success as he replaces Bobby Valentine . Shane Victorino drove in three runs, Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and Jackie Bradley Jr. walked three times and scored twice in his big-league debut for a Red Sox team playing without injured Yankees nemesis David Ortiz .
Ellsbury is 11 for 30 over his last six games against New York and Dustin Pedroia 10 for 20 in his last five.
Pedroia is 6 for 14 with a homer in his career against Hiroki Kuroda (16-11, 3.32), who begins his second season with New York after tying for the team lead in victories in 2012 and posting the eighth-lowest ERA in the AL.
Kuroda went 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA in five starts against the Red Sox last season, going 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA in three in the Bronx.
The 38-year-old right-hander also pitched well in the spring with a 1.53 ERA in six appearances.
|Boston Red Sox|
|March 27, 2013||Stephen Drew||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|March 22, 2013||Franklin Morales||15-Day DL||Strained lower back|
|March 22, 2013||Craig Breslow||15-Day DL||Left shoulder tendinitis|
|March 22, 2013||David Ortiz||15-Day DL||Right Achilles soreness|
|February 20, 2013||Ryan Kalish||60-Day DL||Recovery from right shoulder surgery|
|New York Yankees|
|March 26, 2013||Cesar Cabral||60-Day DL||Left elbow pain|
|March 22, 2013||Curtis Granderson||15-Day DL||Fractured right forearm|
|March 22, 2013||Phil Hughes||15-Day DL||Right upper back thoracic injury|
|March 22, 2013||Mark Teixeira||15-Day DL||Strained right wrist - out 8-10 weeks|
|March 22, 2013||Derek Jeter||15-Day DL||Recovery from left ankle surgery|
|March 16, 2013||Michael Pineda||60-Day DL||Recovery from right shoulder surgery|
NEW YORK (AP) -- Back in the warmth of the clubhouse, Clay Buchholz took pride in how he chilled the New York Yankees ' bats.
For the first time since 1999, the Boston Red Sox are 2-0.
For the first time since 1935, they began the season with two wins at the Yankees.
"Definitely a big confidence booster," Buchholz said after Boston beat New York 7-4 on a cold Wednesday night.
Buchholz (1-0) allowed one run and six hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked two, and the Red Sox backed him with a quick 6-0 lead by scoring five runs with two outs. Joel Hanrahan pitched the ninth for his first save for Boston.
Because of the weather, Buchholz threw in an indoor cage between innings to stay loose.
"If it's cold, that's fine," he said, "but when it's windy and cold, that's when it gets you, because the ball sort of gets that little ashy feeling to it and it feels like you're throwing with a cue ball."
The crowd of 40,216 was the smallest for a Red Sox-Yankees game in the Bronx since 27,631 were across the street at the old ballpark on May 27, 1999, according to STATS. And for the second straight game, the stadium was nearly empty in the late innings.
"It's what it's all about," Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino explained. "It's about getting out there and scoring early and getting them out of there."
Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda became the latest Yankees player to get hurt, leaving in the second inning with a 2-0 deficit, four batters after Victorino's line drive bruised the middle finger of his pitching hand.
While the Red Sox under new manager John Farrell are off to their best start since going 5-0 in 1999, New York has been outscored 15-6 and outhit 26-15. The Yankees have failed to hold a lead at any point in their opening two games for the first time since 1998.
"It's not unusual to lose two games in a row. It becomes somewhat glaring when it's the first two," New York manager Joe Girardi said. "We didn't get off to a good start last year and that worked out OK."
Jacoby Ellsbury drove in two runs for the Red Sox, and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit an RBI single up the middle in the third for his first major league hit.
The ball was waiting for him in his locker, stuffed in a white sock.
"It's a big thrill. You always want to get the first one out of the way." he said.
Before the first pitch, the Yankee Stadium sound system played Foreigner's "Hot Blooded." But it was 43 degrees at gametime, and Boston shortstop Jose Iglesias and first baseman Mike Napoli wore ski masks.
Kuroda, New York's most dependable starting pitcher last year at 16-11, allowed three singles in the first and fell behind on Jarrod Saltalamacchia 's hit.
Kuroda stuck up his right hand and was struck by Victorino's drive leading off the second inning. Kuroda was checked by the Yankees and stayed in the game, then hit Bradley with a pitch in the lower leg.
One out later, Kuroda walked Ellsbury on four pitches and forced in a run by hitting Daniel Nava in the lower leg. Girardi went to the mound along with pitching coach Larry Rothschild , trainer Steve Donohue and an interpreter - allowed for the first time under a rules change this year.
"Against the lefties I was unable to make my pitches," Kuroda said through a translator. "I wasn't able to put my strength on the ball."
Kuroda (0-1) left after 1 1-3 innings, the shortest start of his five big league seasons. X-rays and a CT scan were negative.
"There's no swelling, Scan was good," he said. "I'll see the doctor again tomorrow and we'll see how it goes."
New York already has five All-Stars on the disabled list: shortstop Derek Jeter , third baseman Alex Rodriguez , first baseman Mark Teixeira , outfielder Curtis Granderson and pitcher Phil Hughes .
Run-scoring singles by Victorino and Bradley off Cody Eppley made it 4-0 in the third, and Iglesias' double chased Eppley. Ellsbury greeted Adam Warren with a two-run single.
"The last two years still are fresh on everybody's minds, so of definitely feels good to come out and win the first couple of games," Buchholz said, "Especially here, because it's made such a big deal for us to play here and open up here."
NOTES: RHP Ryan Dempster makes his Red Sox debut in Thursday's series finale, and LHP Andy Pettitte starts for the Yankees. ... Boston started a season by scoring seven or more runs in consecutive road games for the first time since 1919 when they beat the Yankees 10-0 at the Polo Grounds and defeated the Washington Senators 8-0 at Griffith Stadium. ... Buchholz won for the first time since Aug. 16 at Baltimore. He was 0-5 in his last eight starts. ... Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells hit their first home runs for the Yankees, a solo drive by Hafner in the fourth and a three-run drive by Wells in the eighth against Alfredo Aceves .