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Cano & Grandy win Silver Sluggers

Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson won Silver Slugger awards. Here is the release from the Yankees.

Earlier tonight, Louisville Slugger announced that New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and outfielder Curtis Granderson were recipients of 2011 American League Silver Slugger Awards, marking the sixth time in the last seven seasons that multiple Yankees have received the honor in the same year. The Yankees were one of four teams to win more than one award this year, along with Arizona, Boston and Milwaukee.

For Cano, 29, it marks his third career Silver Slugger Award, having been recognized with the honor previously in 2006 and 2010. In 2011, he batted .302 (188-for-623) with 104 runs scored, 46 doubles, seven triples, 28 home runs, a career-high 118 RBI, and 38 walks in 159 games, including 150 starts at second base. His 81 extra-base hits ranked second in the Majors to Jacoby Ellsbury (83), and his RBI total ranked fourth in the Majors, trailing only Matt Kemp (126), Prince Fielder (120) and Granderson (119). Over the course of the season, he did not go more than two consecutive games without recording a hit.

Since the award was first presented in 1980, Cano has won more career Silver Sluggers than all other Yankees second basemen combined. The only other Yankees second basemen to win the award are Willie Randolph in 1980 and Alfonso Soriano in 2002. Additionally, Cano is the first Yankee to win Silver Sluggers in consecutive seasons since shortstop Derek Jeter won three straight awards from 2007-2009.

For Granderson, 30, it marks his first career Silver Slugger Award. In 2011, he batted .262 (153-for-583) with 136R, 26 doubles, 10 triples, 41 home runs, 119 RBI, 85 walks and 25 stolen bases in 156 games, including 150 starts in centerfield. He set career highs in runs scored (first in the Majors), homers (second in the Majors behind Jose Bautista’s 43), and RBI (third in the Majors behind Matt Kemp’s 126 and Prince Fielder’s 120).

Granderson led the Majors with 16 home runs off left-handed pitching, while becoming the first player in Major League history to record at least 40HR, 10 triples and 25SB in a single season.

He is one of just five Yankees outfielders to win a Silver Slugger, joining outfielders Dave Winfield (1981-85), Rickey Henderson (1985), Bernie Williams (2002) and Gary Sheffield (2004-05).

For Cano, 29, it marks his third career Silver Slugger Award, having been recognized with the honor previously in 2006 and 2010. In 2011, he batted .302 (188-for-623) with 104 runs scored, 46 doubles, seven triples, 28 home runs, a career-high 118 RBI, and 38 walks in 159 games, including 150 starts at second base. His 81 extra-base hits ranked second in the Majors to Jacoby Ellsbury (83), and his RBI total ranked fourth in the Majors, trailing only Matt Kemp (126), Prince Fielder (120) and Granderson (119). Over the course of the season, he did not go more than two consecutive games without recording a hit.

Since the award was first presented in 1980, Cano has won more career Silver Sluggers than all other Yankees second basemen combined. The only other Yankees second basemen to win the award are Willie Randolph in 1980 and Alfonso Soriano in 2002. Additionally, Cano is the first Yankee to win Silver Sluggers in consecutive seasons since shortstop Derek Jeter won three straight awards from 2007-2009.

For Granderson, 30, it marks his first career Silver Slugger Award. In 2011, he batted .262 (153-for-583) with 136R, 26 doubles, 10 triples, 41 home runs, 119 RBI, 85 walks and 25 stolen bases in 156 games, including 150 starts in centerfield. He set career highs in runs scored (first in the Majors), homers (second in the Majors behind Jose Bautista’s 43), and RBI (third in the Majors behind Matt Kemp’s 126 and Prince Fielder’s 120).

Granderson led the Majors with 16 home runs off left-handed pitching, while becoming the first player in Major League history to record at least 40HR, 10 triples and 25SB in a single season.

He is one of just five Yankees outfielders to win a Silver Slugger, joining outfielders Dave Winfield (1981-85), Rickey Henderson (1985), Bernie Williams (2002) and Gary Sheffield (2004-05).