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Cano to miss next two games for personal reasons

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, the biggest free-agent prize of the offseason, will miss the team's next two Cactus League games after flying home to the Dominican Republic on Friday night.

"He's taking care of some personal issues, which we knew about in advance," manager Lloyd McClendon said.

Cano will miss games on Saturday and Sunday, then return Tuesday following the club's off-day on Monday.

Cano, 31, missed four games last week following root canal surgery, but went 8-for-11 with a pair of doubles while playing the next four games in a row. He didn't play in Friday night's 2-2 tie with the Rockies.

The five-time Yankees All-Star is hitting .609 (14-for-23) in nine games this spring, with two doubles and six RBIs. He signed a 10-year, $240-million contract in free agency in December with Seattle after spending the first 13 years of his pro career with the Yankees.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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