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Robinson Cano booed before Home Run Derby

Robinson Cano was booed loudly by the fans at Kauffman Stadium on Monday as the Yankees slugger conducted an interview on the big screen during batting practice. The fans in Kansas City are upset that Cano did not select the Royals’ Billy Butler for the State Farm Home Run Derby.

Every word spoken by Cano seemed to produce more jeers, and he tipped his cap with a smile. The fans also booed again later when Cano was shown on the screen, standing by the batting cage. Cano rounded out his American League squad with the Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista, the Tigers’ Prince Fielder and the Angels’ Mark Trumbo.

“I hope they understand that it was a really tough decision for me to make,” Cano said earlier today. “If you’re going to go to the Derby with a team, you want to pick a team that can win. You want to go there and win. This is about a team, not about one guy.”

CC: Cano will repeat in Home Run Derby “easily”

CC Sabathia has placed his bet for tonight’s State Farm Home Run Derby on Yankees teammate Robinson Cano:

“He’s going to win, for sure. You’ve seen him hit; you’ve seen him take BP. It’s so easy. It’s not a max-effort swing. His swing is so consistent and he doesn’t have to try. I think he’ll win easily.”

Nick Swisher signs up for the Home Run Derby

With Robinson Cano looking on, Nick Swisher will be taking aim at the outfield walls of Angel Stadium on Monday night. 

From Major League Baseball:
Major League Baseball announced today that All-Star outfielders Chris Young of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Nick Swisher of the New York Yankees have committed to participating in the 2010 State Farm Home Run Derby on Monday, July 12th at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.  This will be the first career Derbys for Young (.263, 15 HR, 60 RBI) and Swisher (.304, 14 HR, 48 RBI), both of whom are first-time All-Stars.

Here’s Swish: “I have to do it like I do everything – just live in the moment,” Swisher said. “Why not just have a blast with it? It’s going to be a lot of fun and I’m nervous already, but I’m going to go out and have an absolute blast. I’m going to soak up that moment.”

Strangely, as our buddy Jordan Bastian tweets from north of the border, MLB home run leader Jose Bautista wasn’t even asked to take part in the competition. 
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