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03/23/08 4:01 PM ET

Cano returns to action for Yankees

In Sunday's game, back woes not an issue for second baseman

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Robinson Cano returned to the Yankees' lineup on Sunday and showed no ill effects from the back stiffness that had kept him out of action one day prior.

The second baseman went 0-for-2 at the plate in the Yankees' 8-0 loss to the Pirates, but he made the hour-long trip with no problems and stayed in the game for its entireity.

Cano reported no problems afterward, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi seemed to think the ailment was behind him for good.

"He's fine," Girardi said. "No problems at all."

Cano, who on Feb. 7 signed a four-year contract that could be worth as much as $57 million, agreed with his skipper. The 25-year-old has been recognized as one of baseball's rising stars, and he couldn't wait to take the field again on Sunday to prove that he's worth every penny.

Dawn Klemish is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.