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Jeter leading at SS in All-Star voting

Derek Jeter had to skip the All-Star Game last year at Citi Field because he was recovering from left ankle surgery. He may get back to the Midsummer Classic this year at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The first American League All-Start voting results were released Tuesday, and there was the Captain in his usual spot leading all shortstops in the balloting. Jeter had 602,525 votes in taking the lead at his position over the White Sox’ Alexei Ramirez, who had 472,537.

Jeter’s total was the third highest overall in the Al voting behind only outfielders Mike Trout (764,007) of the Angels and Jose Bautista (675,290) of the Blue Jays. The third outfielder in the balloting was the Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury with 417,452. Right behind him was teammate Carlos Beltran, currently on the disabled list, with 401,101.

No other Yankees player is leading at his position, but Brian McCann is the runner-up at catcher behind the Orioles’ Matt Wieters. Alfonso Soriano ranks fourth among designated hitters, Mark Teixeira fifth among first baseman and Brett Gardner 11th among outfielders.

“I would love to see it,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said about Jeter making the All-Star team. “I think he has played extremely well. I know the young man Ramirez has played extremely well. I understand [Jeter] is third overall in votes and that is a great thing. He has meant a ton to this game.”

Jeter, a 13-time All-Star playing in his final season, entered play Tuesday night batting .273 with one home run and 10 RBIs. Ramirez has the stronger numbers at .320, seven homers and 36 RBI.

DJ is going to need the support of Yankees fans to maintain his lead, but as the standing ovations he has received throughout the major leagues on his farewell tour attests he may get plenty of support outside New York as well.

All-Star balloting begins

Heading into the nine-game homestand that began Friday night with the opener of a three-game series against the Angels, Ichiro Suzuki was the Yankees’ leading hitter with a .371 batting average and Yangervis Solarte was tied with Carlos Beltran for the club lead in RBI with 13. If Yankees fans want Ichiro or Solarte to play in the All-Star Game in July, they are going to have to write their names in on the ballots that became available at major league ballparks Friday night.

Suzuki and Solarte were the odd men out of Yankees players on the American League ballot. Solarte, a rookie, is no surprise. Ballots are made up before the season starts, so rookies who get off to the sort of start Solarte has get short shrift. Solarte has played third base mostly. Representing the Yankees at that position is Solarte’s platoon partner, veteran Kelly Johnson. The other Yankees infielders on the ballot are Mark Teixeira at first base, Brian Roberts at second and Derek Jeter at shortstop.

Ichiro, a 10-time All-Star who was the Most Valuable Player of the 2007 game at AT&T Park in San Francisco, lost his regular right field job to Beltran and is doing a splendid job off the bench. Suzuki last made the AL All-Star team in 2010. The other Yankees outfielders on the ballot with Beltran are Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner.

Alsonso Soriano, who has played left field and right field, is listed on the ballot with the designated hitters. The catcher is Brian McCann, another former All-Star Game MVP (2010 at Angel Stadium) for the National League with the Braves.

This year’s All-Star Game will be July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Also Friday night, former Yankees player Ron Blomberg, Major League Baseball’s first designated hitter, took part in a special meet-and-greet session in the SAP Suite Lounge prior to the Yankees.

On Wednesday, April 30, the Yankees will launch the 2014 “Best Selling Author Series” in the SAP Suite Lounge. International best-selling author Harlan Coben will be present to interact with fans. With more than 60 million books in print worldwide, Coben’s novels have collectively reached No. 1 on the “bestsellers list” in more than a dozen countries. The Newark, N.J., native will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to that night’s game against the Mariners, whose arrival in town next week will mark the return to the Stadium of Robinson Cano.

The Yankees will partner with MELA Sciences to host a free skin cancer screening for all ticketed guests Sunday, May 4, prior to that day’s game against the Rays. The screenings, which cover exclusively the arms and face, will take place on the Main Level behind the plate (Sections 217-223) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and take less than a minute to complete.

The homestand will also feature the following promotional items and dates:

Friday, April 25 – Yankees vs. Angels, 7:05 p.m.

Herbs Seed Packet Night, presented by Keep America Beautiful, to first 18,000 guests in attendance.

Friday, May 2 – Yankees vs. Rays, 7:05 p.m.

Yankees Ear Buds Night, presented by The Dannon Company, Inc., to first 18,000 guests in attendance.

Saturday, May 3 – Yankees vs. Rays, 1:05 p.m.

Yankees Cap Day, presented by Hess, to all guests in attendance.

For information on parking and public transportation options to Yankee Stadium, please visit yankees.com.

Jeter plenty rested for Wednesday night game

Do not panic, Yankees fans. Derek Jeter’s absence from the lineup in Wednesday night’s matinee portion of the split-admission doubleheader against the Cubs was not injury-related. Jeter did not play Saturday or Sunday night against the Red Sox while resting a tight right quad. The Captain was not in the lineup for the afternoon game because manager Joe Girardi wanted to limit him to one game and preferred to start him in the night game against a lefthander, Travis Wood.

Girardi has made no secret of being cautious with Jeter, who at 39 and coming off an injury-riddled 2013 season is past the time when he can be expected to play every day. Jeter has not lost his sense of humor. The Yankees had their first off day Monday and with Tuesday’s scheduled game rained out Jeter said he felt that with four straight days off it was like an early All-Star Game break.

The Cubs were playing at Yankee Stadium for the first time since 2005 and became the 25th different opponent to play in the current Stadium. The Yankees are 19-5 in an opponent’s first-ever game at the Stadium since its opening in 2009. They won all three such contests in 2013 — April 16 over the Diamondbacks, 4-2; June 19 over the Dodgers, 6-4, and Sept. 20 over the Giants, 5-1.

The Yankees and Cubs will play each other again at Wrigley Field May 20-22 as a part of a weeklong trip to Chicago that includes a stop at U.S. Cellular Field May 23-25 against the White Sox.

The Yankees played their first doubleheader of the season today. They swept one doubleheader and split two last year. Since 2000, the Yanks have swept 15 doubleheaders, split 18 and were swept once (Sept. 17, 2006 by the Red Sox at the Stadium.

Matsui gets early trip to Cooperstown

Former Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui will be among players representing all 30 major-league teams May 24 at the Memorial Day Weekend’s 2014 Hall of Fame Classic at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Phil Niekro, who earned his 300th career victory during his time pitching for the Yankees, will be one of six Hall of Fame members who will serve as managers and coaches for the sixth annual Classic. Roberto Alomar, Andre Dawson, Rollie Finges, Eddie Murray and Ozzie Smith will also participate in the event.

To date, the lineup for the 2014 Hall of Fame Classic features players who combined to collect two Most Valuable Player Awards, three World Series MVPs, two All-Star Game MVPs, 56 All-Star Game selections and 18 Gold Glove Awards.

In addition to Matsui and former Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano, the rosters include Livan Hernandez, Jeff Conine, Brad Lidge, David Eckstein, Luis Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez, Steve Garvey and Jim Thome. Roster additions will be announced throughout the spring.

The Cooperstown Game Day Parade starts at 12 noon leading up to the Home Run Derby at 1 p.m. followed by the Classic at 2:05 p.m.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame Classic are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for general admission outfield seats. Tickets are currently available via phone or online.

Two ticket packages for the Hall of Fame Classic and Night at the Museum are now available, but limited in quantity:

Classic Connection will feature Hall of Fame Classic ticket and a one-day museum admission pass for $12.50, a savings of $19.50 off the regular rate. Legendary Twinbill features a Hall of Fame Classic ticket, a one-day museum admission pass and a ticket to A Night at the Museum for $50.

Call 877-726-9028 or order online at baseballhall.org.

Yanks ride rollercoaster to victory

The momentum swings in Tuesday night’s game resembled the rollercoaster at the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park across the highway from Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Yankees went up to a 3-0 lead, then down to a 4-3 deficit and then up again to a 5-4 victory.

Just a week after getting a save in the All-Star Game where Mariano Rivera served as his setup man, Joe Nathan sustained only his second blown save in 33 opportunities this year as the Yanks staged a dramatic rally that sent Texas to its first loss in 52 games this season when the Rangers were leading after eight innings.

To finish things off, Rivera returned to his normal role and got his 32nd save of the season and 640th of his career with a 1-2-3 ninth featuring two strikeouts, a perfect end to an absolutely startling comeback for the Yankees, who appeared down for the count against the Rangers’ impressive bullpen.

Texas relievers recorded 10 consecutive outs before Nathan walked Vernon Wells with one out in the ninth. Nathan further improved the Yankees’ condition with a wild pitch that not only advanced Wells to second base but also forced the Rangers to bring their outfielders in shallower for a possible play at the plate.

Eduardo Nunez benefitted from the altered defense with a drive to the wall in left-center for an RBI triple, the Yanks’ first hit since the fourth inning. The run scored by Wells ended a streak of 25 2/3 scoreless innings by the Texas pen dating to July 11. Brent Lillibridge then atoned for an earlier damaging error with a single to left that scored Nunez with what proved the winning run.

Phil Hughes has had somewhat surprising success at Rangers Ballpark despite its being a hitters’ paradise. Tuesday night it appeared that success would continue as the Yankees gave Hughes an early lead and he was doing a good job at protecting it. For five innings anyway.

Everything fell apart for Hughes, however, in the sixth. An error by Lillibridge at third base with one out opened the door for the Rangers, who came back from being down 3-0 to take a 4-3 lead. Adrian Beltre followed the error with a double for Texas’ first run. Hughes got the second out on a fly to center by A.J. Pierzynski but gave up a single to Elvis Andrus that got Texas to 3-2.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi made a quick hook of Hughes (80 pitches) for lefthander Boone Logan, who faced left-handed batting Mitch Moreland, who drove a home run over the center field fence. Only one of the three runs charged to Hughes was earned as his ERA at Rangers Ballpark fell to 1.90 over 23 2/3 innings.

The Yankees also had an exceptional defensive game with second baseman Robinson Cano making one of his patented across-the-body throws to first on a far-ranging play to his right in the seventh and center fielder Brett Gardner belly-flopping in right-center to haul down a drive by Andrus.

Cano knocked out of All-Star Game; Mo honored

How bad has the Yankees’ luck been this year? In terms of health, I mean. The disabled list has been almost as crowded as the dugout. Even in the All-Star Game, the Yankees could not stay healthy.

Robinson Cano, the American League second baseman and one of the few Yankees regulars to stay on the field all season, made an early exit Tuesday night from Citi Field. Cano, the second hitter in the AL order, came up after a leadoff double by the Angels’ Mike Trout and was struck on the side of his right knee by a 96-miles-per-hour fastball from Mets righthander Matt Harvey.

Cano winced in pain and tried to stay in the game. He went to first base but after Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera struck out Cano came off the field and was replaced by pinch runner Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox. As Cano walked off the field, he had a friendly exchange with Harvey.

“He said, ‘My bad,’ ” Cano said. “I said, ‘No problem.’ I know he don’t want to hit nobody. It’s part of the game, so what can you do?”

This is just what the Yankees did not need. Managers across baseball watch the All-Star Game with trepidation and hope one of their players does not get hurt. Harvey, the National League starting pitcher who pitched two scoreless innings, said, “I feel bad. I didn’t mean to hit Cano.”

X-rays on Cano’s knee were negative.

“It’s a little tight, but I’m walking good,” Cano said. “You want to play the game and enjoy the nice city in New York with the fans, but that’s part of life. Got to get it better and take it easy. Yeah, I’ll be good for Friday.”

“Obviously, the last thing I wanted to do was go out there and possibly injure somebody,” Harvey said. “As [Cano] was walking by, I was trying to get his attention as he was going to first. He then came off the field, and I apologized and made sure that he was okay. I think he understood that it wasn’t intentional.”

Cano had been enjoying himself at the All-Star Game as opposed to a year ago at Kansas City when he was the target of booing from local fans because as captain of the AL Home Run Derby squad he did not name the Royals’ Billy Butler to the team. Cano got revenge Monday night as a player he promoted for the Home Run Derby team even though he was not on the All-Star squad, Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, won the competition.

Not surprisingly considering the Yankees-Mets rivalry, Cano was booed by most people in the Citi Field crowd in pregame introductions. Conversely, Mariano Rivera was accorded a healthy ovation. In a lot of ways, Mo is his generation’s Yogi Berra, the one Yankee that even fans who hate the Yankees like.

The best was yet to come for Mo. To guarantee that Rivera would pitch in the game, AL manager Jim Leyland of the Tigers put him in the game in the eighth inning. After all, if the NL had gone ahead in the bottom of the eighth and held the lead then there would have been no bottom of the ninth.

Rivera was treated with another standing ovation as he trotted to the mound to his usual entrance song, “Enter Sandman,” by Metallica. When he reached the rubber, Rivera was the only player on the field as the players from both sides stood on the top steps of the dugouts and joined the crowd in showing their appreciation to the game’s all-time saves leader who is calling it a career at the end of this season at the age of 43.

It was quite a sight. Mo acknowledged the applause by removing his cap and waving to each portion of the crowd. Mariano retired the side in order and was given the game ball by first baseman Prince Fielder after the third out of the inning. It was a more pleasant final appearance at Citi Field than the May 28 Subway Series game when he sustained his first blown save of the season in a stunning loss to the Mets.

Mo Mariano Rivera (USA Today photo)

“I wanted to pitch in the game and in baseball anything can happen,” Rivera said of pitching in the eighth instead of the ninth. “The plan worked out perfectly. This was right up there with winning the World Series. To do this in New York with all the fans here and all the players and the coaches and the managers standing in the dugouts. . .that was priceless.”

There turned out to be a bottom of the ninth inning as the AL had a 3-0 lead. Rangers closer Joe Nathan worked the ninth and can always say he earned a save in a game after Mariano Rivera had pitched, which had not happened since 1996 when Mo was the setup man for Yanks closer John Wetteland.

Rivera was voted the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player and was able to thank the fans and told them it was a “privilege” to pitch in front of them all these years. Let’s face it, fans, the privilege was ours to watch him.

Fans have chance to make D-Rob and All-Star

With Robinson Cano elected as the starting second baseman for the American League and Mariano Rivera named to the pitching staff, the Yankees have only two representatives in the All-Star Game for the first time in 20 years. Back in 1993 for the game at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Wade Boggs started at third base for the AL and Jimmy Key was on the staff and pitched in the game.

Yankees fans can rectify this by getting a third Yankees representative on the AL squad. Relief pitcher David Robertson is one of five candidates for Major League Baseball’s “Final Vote,” which will decide who receives the last AL All-Star roster spot through of online fan balloting at yankees.com.

On being picked by the fans to start in the 2013 All-Star Game July 16 at Citi Field, Cano said, “It feels great. I want to thank God and the fans that dedicated their time to vote for me to start this year’s All-Star Game. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. There are a lot of great second basemen in the American League. I am thankful to the fans for voting and appreciating the way that I’ve been playing this year. It makes it that much more special that the game and the events surrounding it are being held here in New York City.”

“It’s wonderful to be named an All-Star again, especially with the game being here in New York,” Rivera said. “New York fans are the best, and they deserve it. I know that they will put on a great show and hopefully we’ll do a good job.”

In a nod to his old-school style of wearing his socks high and showing them off, Robertson’s social media campaign has been given the hash tag of #HighSocksForVotes. The hash tag is also a play on the name of Robertson’s nonprofit charitable organization “High Socks for Hope,” which he and his wife Erin founded after tornadoes ravaged his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 2011. The online polls are open from now through 4 p.m. Thursday, July 11. Fans who vote for D-Rob will be automatically entered into a sweepstakes for a meet-and-greet with him along with free tickets to a Yankees game.

With a full slate of home games until the vote concludes, the Yankees strongly encourage fans to show support for Robertson by wearing their own high socks to Yankee Stadium. The Yankees official Twitter account @Yankees will re-tweet photos of fans proudly displaying their high socks like Robertson.

Fans should note that beginning at 10:00 a.m. Thursday – the final day of voting – all tweets that include Robertson’s official hash tag of #HighSocksForVotes will count as a valid vote for him.

“I feel excited and hopeful that I’ll be selected to go to my second All-Star Game,” Robertson said. “I know there are four other guys in the mix, but hopefully I can get enough votes. To be able to sit alongside Mariano in that bullpen in his final All-Star Game appearance would be an awfully special moment in my career. Yankees fans are the best, and I know that they will make every effort to send me to Queens.”

Robertson made one prior AL All-Star team in 2011 when he pitched one scoreless inning at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Derek Jeter began an injury-rehabilitation assignment Saturday night with Triple-A Scranton and was 0-for-2 with a walk and played five innings at shortstop against Lehigh Valley. Michael Pineda started that game for Scranton and allowed two runs, four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in five innings. . .Alex Rodriguez continued his rehab for Class A Tampa and had 1-for-2, was hit by a pitch and scored a run in a six-inning stint at Viera, Fla.

In a moving ceremony prior to Sunday’s game at Yankee Stadium, a list of the victims of the Sandy Hook killings in Newtown, Conn., were displayed on the centerfield video board during a moment of silence. The Newtown Youth Voices performed a lovely version of the Star Spangled Banner with a joint color guard from the Sandy Hook Fire Department and the Newtown Police Department. Approximately 4,000 Newtown residents were guests at the Stadium and received food and beverage vouchers courtesy of the Yankees and Legends Hospitality Management.

Bottom of order plus Cano a nice combo

On the same night that Alex Rodriguez began his injury-rehabilitation assignment with a three-inning stint at Charleston, S.C., the Yankees finally ended a slump by their third basemen that had lasted for a week and a half. The weak hitting of Yankees third baseman of late amplified the season-long loss of A-Rod, who is recovering from off-season left hip surgery.

When David Adams singled to center field in the fifth inning, it stopped a hitless string of 32 at-bats by Yankees third baseman over the past 11 games. The hit helped fuel a three-run rally as the Yankees came back from a 1-0 deficit to take a 3-1 lead on the way to a 7-3 victory over the Twins. Adams had gotten the previous hit for a Yankees third baseman, an infield single in the fourth inning June 21 against the Rays at Yankee Stadium.

The way Samuel Deduno was pitching on his 30th birthday in the early innings it appeared that more than just third basemen for the Yankees might have a night of 0-fers. The Yanks went out in order in each of the first three innings with all nine outs coming on infield grounders. Robinson Cano continued his torrid trip with the Yankees’ first hit, a one-out single in the fourth following a walk to Ichiro Suzuki but the Bombers couldn’t capitalize on it.

The bottom of the fourth may have been the turning point of the game. Phil Hughes gave up a leadoff walk to Trevor Plouffe and a double to rookie Oswaldo Arcia. Second and third, none out, and Hughes went to work. The Yankees played the infield back, conceding a run if a Twins hitter made contact. Hughes had other ideas. He struck out Chris Parmelee on an inside fastball, punched out Aaron Hicks on three straight curves and retired Pedro Florimon on a weak ground ball to shortstop.

The Yankees rewarded Hughes with that three-run fifth. Adams’ single came one out after Lyle Overbay led off with an infield hit. Alberto Gonzalez, playing shortstop Tuesday night but also part of that long 0-fer by Yankees third sackers, doubled to right field to give Hughes the lead. After Gonzalez took third on a chop to the mound by Brett Gardner, Suzuki was credited with a single on a roller along the first-base line mishandled by Deduno for another run.

Just as they did Monday night, the Yankees pounded Minnesota’s bullpen for late-inning runs. Adams with a double and Gonzalez with a single combined for another run in the seventh off reliever Anthony Swarzak, who later gave up a single to Ichiro and a three-run homer to the red-hot Cano.

The All-Star second baseman seems to be warming up for the Home Run Derby the night before the All-Star Game July 16 at Citi Field. On this trip alone, Cano has four homers in five games. The seventh-inning bomb was Cano’s 20th home run this season, the fifth straight year he has hit at least that many. The only American League second baseman with more 20-homer seasons was Hall of Famer Joe Gordon with seven. Gordon spent seven of his 11 seasons in the majors with the Yankees and was the AL Most Valuable Player with them in 1942.

Cano has 12-for-21 (.571) on the trip with five straight multi-hit games, eight runs and eight RBI. Since leaving New York after last Thursday’s game, Cano has raised his season batting average from .276 to .295. He is far and away the Yankees’ RBI leader with 54.

Hughes, who pitched well in his previous start that same Thursday against the Rangers but was victimized by Derek Holland’s two-hit shutout, ended a personal three-game losing streak. His assertiveness in the fourth inning was the centerpiece of his seven-inning outing in which he gave up one run, six hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

Cano’s home run loomed large when the Twins rallied for two runs in the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate. Back when the score was 7-1 it did not look as if Mariano Rivera would even have to warm up, but he got himself ready and recorded the final out for his 27th save.

Down in Charleston, A-Rod grounded into a double play and was called out on strikes in his two at-bats. He will likely be sore today, but it is a beginning.

Target Field has been friendly to Yanks

If ever there was a time that the Yankees needed to find a soft landing that time is now. They are in the throes of a five-game losing streak as they begin a four-game series against the Twins Monday night at Target Field. The Yankees have had 11 consecutive non-losing season series against Minnesota dating to 2002. They won the season series last year, 4 games to 3.

The Yankees have won 21 of their past 28 regular-season games against the Twins and 27 of their past 34 overall games. The Twins like the Yankees are in fourth place in their division, the American League Central, but have a record that is six games under .500 (36-42). Meanwhile, the fourth-place Yankees of the AL East are still above par for the season with a 42-39 record halfway through the schedule.

The Yankees took two of three games at Target Field in 2012 and have won 10 of their past 13 games there, plus 25 of their past 39 games at Minnesota in regular season play. They have won four straight road season series there and five of their past six.

Monday night’s starter, Andy Pettitte, enters the game undefeated over his past 12 starts against the Twins (regular season and postseason combined) since May 2001 with a 10-0 mark and 2.53 ERA covering 81 2/3 innings. Over his past 17 regular season and postseason starts against the Twins since 1999, Pettitte is 13-1 with a 2.38 ERA in 117 innings and has held Minnesota to three runs or less in all but three of those outings.

There is only a week remaining in the Major League All-Star voting for the July 16 game at Citi Field in Flushing. At this point, Robinson Cano, who has a commanding lead at second base, appears to be the only Yankees player who will be elected to the starting lineup. The Yankees have no players ranked in the top five at any other position with Ichiro Suzuki 15th among the outfielders.

Mariano Rivera will almost certainly be selected for the AL pitching staff. Manager Joe Girardi has expressed hope recently that the league will choose Brett Gardner as one of the outfielders.

Cano to captain AL Home Run Derby squad again

Robinson Cano probably won’t run into the same problem next month that he had a year ago in Kansas City when he was the captain of the American League team in the Home Run Derby the night before the All-Star Game. You may remember all the booing Cano endured throughout the competition when he was shut out trying to reach the fences.

But that was not why Cano was the object of scorn for fans at Kauffman Stadium. The Yankees second baseman was targeted because he did not include the Royals’ Billy Butler on the squad. Cano’s selections in addition to himself were Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista, Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder and Angels outfielder Mark Trumbo. It was a pretty strong group, but the KC faithful were unforgiving to the point that Cano was still booed last month when the Yankees played at Kauffman Stadium.

“You play for the Yankees, everywhere you go you get booed,” he said.

A similar situation should be avoided this year. Once again, Cano has been named AL captain for the Home Run Derby that will take place July 15, the night before the All-Star Game at Citi Field. The venue this time, however, should keep Cano from getting hammered by fans except, of course, for the usual Bronx cheers reserved for Yankees players from Mets fans. Those who cheer for the Mets cannot get on Cano for his choices, however, because their favorites are in the other league.

The choice of Mets third baseman David Wright as the National League captain takes care of the possibility that the host team will be snubbed at the Home Run Derby. This was a good call by the powers that be in Major League Baseball. Wright is among the most popular players in Mets history and one of the truly good guys in the game. Whatever he decides will win approval from the Mets faithful.

Each captain has the task of selecting three other hitters from his league to compete in the Home Run Derby. Though the event is an individual competition, the leagues are pitted against each other in teams of four. Cano did not clear the fences himself last year, but his AL team clobbered the NL overall, 61-21. The individual winner was Fielder, once of Cano’s picks. Cano won the competition in 2011 at Chase Field in Phoenix. Cano entered play Tuesday night with 15 home runs, tied for fifth in the AL. Wright had eight with only one coming at Citi Field May 27 against the Yankees off Phil Hughes.

Fans may once again participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. You will have the opportunity to select three players in each league. All-Star voting is also still underway. Cano is currently the leader among AL second basemen. Wright ranks second at third base behind the Giants’ Pablo Sandoval. Fans may submit 25 online ballots during the voting period and can earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots.

To access additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, visit http://www.mlb.com and register in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.

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