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• Yankees manager Joe Girardi applauded the NBA's ruling to suspend Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, with a $2.5 million fine, following racist comments that Sterling made in an audiotape that became public last weekend.

"I think the NBA handled the situation well," Girardi said. "I think they did their own investigation and basically made a statement that there is no room for racism. We're all people. We all need to get along and understand that we're all different. I applaud the NBA."

Robinson Cano, who is making his first trip to the Bronx as a member of the Mariners this week, should be recognized for his extreme durability. As noted by The New York Times, Cano played in all but 14 of 1,134 possible regular-season games for the Yankees from 2007-13, or 99 percent. Beginning on May 3, 2005, Cano played in 1,374 out of a possible 1,432 regular-season games during his nine Yankees seasons, or 96 percent.

• On this date in 2006, the Yankees scored at least one run in every inning of a 17-6 win over the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. That marked the second time they had done so in franchise history, and just the sixth occurrence in American League history.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.
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