Greetings from Phoenix

Hello from Phoenix, where it’s time for the All-Star Game festivities to get rolling, now that the first half is officially complete.

This morning, the American League and National League squads will have media availability here at the Arizona Biltmore resort – it looks great, would love to stay here someday! – and then roll on over to Chase Field for tonight’s State Farm Home Run Derby.

Robinson Cano of the Yankees is participating and he is pumped about it. Honestly, Cano’s my choice to win this whole thing. Having seen him pelt the right-field seats in some of his early batting practice shows, he has the flourish to take home the honors this year.

Kevin Long told him to treat it just like the net drill they do on a regular basis, and he could definitely surprise a lot of people if he’s able to replicate that. Word is that Cano may have his father, former big leaguer Jose Cano, throw to him. That would be pretty special.

We’ll have more reaction from the Yankees’ All-Stars – Cano, Curtis Granderson, Russell Martin and David Robertson – who are on the ground here in the desert.

  • Rangers manager Ron Washington has announced his lineup. Granderson is batting leadoff and playing centerfield for the AL; Cano is batting eighth and playing second base.
  • Full AL lineup — Granderson CF, Cabrera SS, Gonzalez 1B, Bautista RF, Hamilton LF, Beltre 3B, Ortiz DH, Cano 2B, Avila C, Weaver P

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