MINNEAPOLIS -- As soon as Robinson Cano hears the name Miguel Sano, his eyes light up and he flashes a smile.
"My boy," the Yankees second baseman says of the Minnesota Twins' top prospect.
Cano and Sano both grew up in the same town in the Dominican Republic. For Cano, his ticket out of San Pedro de Macoris was baseball when he signed with New York as an 18-year-old in 2001. Eight years later, Sano followed Cano from the Dominican Republic to the United States when he signed with the Twins in 2009 at the age of 16.
It was about that time that Cano first saw Sano play. He had known the youngster for years, but first witnessed Sano's skills about four years ago.
Sano left a good first impression on the four-time All-Star.
"He was big," Cano remembers of the now 6-foot-3, 195-pound Sano. "He always hit the ball hard. I was impressed. A young kid with that power. He's got all the talents and the tools."
The two Dominican natives have developed a friendship over the last few years...