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BALTIMORE — Brett Gardner’s name has not yet appeared on any of the All-Star balloting updates for the American League roster, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi is hoping that oversight will be corrected.
“I think he’s worthy of being on the All-Star team,” Girardi said. “I think he’s had a great first half defensively, offensively. He’s played every day. I believe he’s an All-Star.”
Gardner, 29, entered play on Saturday batting .288 with seven home runs, 29 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in 79 games for New York, coming back from a season in which he was limited to just 16 games due to a right elbow injury.
He has hit safely in 26 of 32 games since May 24, batting .331 (41-for-124) over that span. Gardner has posted a .347 on-base percentage and a .450 slugging percentage entering play on Saturday.
The only Yankees outfielder to rank near the top of any previous All-Star balloting update this season was Ichiro Suzuki, who clocked in at 15th among outfielders in each checkpoint. Robinson Cano has led AL second basemen at each checkpoint.
Yankees captain Derek Jeter, who will be leading off and playing shortstop Tuesday night for the American League in the All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium:
“I like coming to Kansas City. They’ve done some great renovations here. When I first came up, it was an old AstroTurf park — 150 degrees on the turf, it wasn’t too fun to come here and play because it was challenging. They’ve done a great job with the stadium and the fans always show up when we come out here. I think it’s a great place for an All-Star Game.”
Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig had a brunch this morning with some baseball writers and addressed the topic of Derek Jeter’s absence from the All-Star Game, saying that he has no problem with the Yankees captain skipping this year’s Midsummer Classic.
“Let’s put the Derek Jeter question to bed,” Selig said, as quoted by the New York Post.
“There isn’t a player I am more proud of the last 15 years than Derek Jeter. Jeter’s played the game like it should be played. He’s even a better human being off the field as he is on the field. With what Derek Jeter has brought to this sport, a great pride, he’s become a role model, so any suggestion that I or anybody else is unhappy with him not being here, is false.”
The Commissioner added: “I have no problem with Derek Jeter. I’ve known him for 15 years, he’s already done the right thing. I completely understand the situation. And to tell you the truth, I probably would have done the same thing myself.”
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