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Mets’ Robinson Cano got lost, and it went downhill from there

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Robinson Cano was coming home to New York, but struggled to find his way there.

The Mets’ new second baseman got back to the clubhouse at Citi Field around 3 a.m. Thursday after the team’s late flight from Miami, then had to drive home. The former Yankee got lost, with one GPS sending him on a wrong route, forcing him to switch apps to finally arrive at his destination and get to sleep around 5 a.m., he said.

When it finally came time for his home debut in Flushing — after being introduced to the sellout crowd with a “Welcome to Queens,” by radio voice Howie Rose — Cano couldn’t send the fans home happy, going 0-for-3 with a walk in the Mets’ 4-0 loss to the Nationals.

“I felt the love,” said Cano, who took over David Wright’s old locker. “Once you commit to play for a team, your heart and everything is going to that team. The way I’ve been embraced since spring training, it’s made me feel right away like part of this team. It felt good today to go out and see all those fans, the way they support the team.”

Cano, who served an 80-game suspension last year after testing positive for a banned substance while with the Mariners, came to the Mets with closer Edwin Diaz as part of a blockbuster trade in December. It was general manager Brodie Van Wagenen’s first big splash of the offseason, landing the player who spent the first nine years of his career with the Yankees.

The 36-year-old welcomed himself to the Mets on Opening Day last week in Washington when he took Max Scherzer deep in his first at-bat. But in his first chance to endear himself to the Citi Field crowd, he could not muster an encore.

Cano grounded into a double play to end the first inning, walked in the fourth and flew out to left in the sixth before stranding a runner at first when he struck out looking on three pitches to end the eighth inning.

“I was looking for anything,” Cano said. “That [first] slider was middle away. The fastball was inside — I haven’t checked, but for me, it was a ball. It could have gone either way. But the last one, [Nationals reliever Tony Sipp] got me on the last one. It was middle away.”

Through seven games, Cano is batting 6-for-32 with eight strikeouts and a walk.

“I feel good,” he said. “It’s one of those days that you go out there and it’s not in your favor. But we’ve been playing good. Not one game is going to take us out. We stay positive and be ready for Saturday. Go home [Friday], enjoy the family, rest and get back on Saturday.”

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