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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 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.”
SARASOTA, Fla. – Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano left Sunday’s Grapefruit League exhibition against the Orioles after being hit on the left hand by a pitch.
Cano was batting in the sixth inning at Ed Smith Stadium against Baltimore left-hander Troy Patton when he swung at a pitch that clipped his hand, ruled a strikeout by first base umpire Tim Welke.
Cano doubled over in apparent pain and was immediately seen on the field by head athletic trainer Steve Donohue, who helped the slugger into the third-base dugout.
The 29-year-old Cano batted .302 with 28 home runs and 118 RBIs in 159 games for New York last season, setting a career high in RBIs and ranking second in the Major Leagues with 81 extra-base hits.
David Ortiz mentioned earlier this offseason that he had a lot of respect for the way the Yankees do business, and Robinson Cano is among those who believe that Big Papi could be a welcome fit in pinstripes.
“It would be a good idea, having another lefty on the team,” Cano told the New York Daily News on Friday, attending Ortiz’s golf tournament in the Dominican Republic. “We all know he’s a great hitter. Last year, a lot of people were saying, ‘He’s done.’ He proved a lot of people wrong. I like people, when they’re down, they prove people wrong. He came back, did a great job.”
Cano might have to convince general manager Brian Cashman, who has said repeatedly that he doesn’t see pursuing a big bat as a need. Pitching has been the Yankees’ main winter focus, as Cashman says that offense is not a need for New York, despite their outages in the playoffs. The DH role figures to be filled by 21-year-old Jesus Montero, who impressed in September duty.
Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson reacted Thursday to winning the 2011 American League Silver Slugger Awards at their respective positions. The award is the third for Cano (also 2006 and 2010), and the first for Granderson.
ROBINSON CANO: “It’s something I enjoy. It means you had a great season, which is what you’re looking for. You get home and work hard in the offseason and you’re looking forward to this award at the end of the season. … I just say thanks to my dad (Jose). He’s the one that works with me during the offseason and helps me make sure I’m going to keep working harder every year.”
CURTIS GRANDERSON: “It’s definitely an honor and a privilege to be selected. It’s good, but at the same time, it’s never been a goal of mine. I don’t go through the season saying, ‘I want that,’ but if it ends up happening, it’s definitely great. But the team stuff is always the big picture. That’s what the goal is right now, even as we sit here in Taiwan right now.”
Granderson also said that he wasn’t expecting to win a Silver Slugger.
“Not for the reasons I got it for,” he said. “From my understanding, I thought it went to the highest average at the position, and maybe one day I can go ahead and improve in that category, which I’m still trying my best to do, and hopefully be that much more of a well-rounded hitter.”
TORONTO — Alex Rodriguezhas made his expected return to the Yankees’ starting lineup, but not in the expected spot in the batting order. Joe Girardi had him batting fifth behind Robinson Cano on Saturday. More will be up on Yankees.com soon, but here are your starting lineups for Game 2 at Rogers Centre …
Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Jesus Montero, DH
Brett Gardner, LF
Austin Romine, C
Pitching: RH Bartolo Colon (8-9, 3.55 ERA)
BLUE JAYS (76-74)
Mike McCoy, SS
Kelly Johnson, 2B
Jose Bautista, RF
Adam Lind, 1B
David Cooper, DH
Colby Rasmus, CF
Brett Lawrie, 3B
Adam Loewen, LF
Jose Molina, C
Pitching: RH Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 3.09)
Some links from last night …
* Yankees suffer walk-off loss, CC struggles
* Yankees Notebook, on A-Rod, Cervelli and Bobby Murcer
* Colon hopes to trim Yanks’ magic number
With the National League’s 5-1 victory over the American League in the books, the four Yankees who participated in this year’s All-Star Game festivities here in Phoenix will get set to fly on to Toronto, where the Bombers open the second half on Thursday against the Blue Jays.
No one was more jazzed from the Yankees than David Robertson, who fired a scoreless second inning as an emergency fill-in for Josh Beckett, pitching around a Lance Berkman single and striking out Matt Holliday looking on a strike-out, throw-out double play.
“It seems like everything has been really quick, really fast,” Robertson said. “I’m glad I got to pitch in an All-Star Game. It’s something that if it never happens again, I still got to throw in an All-Star Game.”
Here’s some other Yankees reaction from the All-Star festivities as we depart the desert and head back to the regular business:
Dave Robertson, on his initial impressions of the All-Star experience
“Everything’s been great. It’s nice just to talk to thee guys, meeting new people. Even seeing your arch-enemies from the Red Sox and talking to them; they’re all friendly. At least, now we are. Things can change.
“The whole All-Star experience – everything we do, everyone’s in a good mood and laid back. It’s fun.”
Robinson Cano, on his Home Run Derby showing and the immediate reaction
“These guys are saying to me, ‘Wow, you’ve got power – I didn’t know you’ve got that kind of power.’ In this field the ball flies. You have to hit it but it helps you a lot.
“It was more than what I expected. To see my dad pitching, I felt like I was in my own backyard.”
Curtis Granderson, on Cano’s Home Run Derby shot that pelted a Miller Lite sign in right field
“It was definitely amazing how far it was. The only thing that took away from it was the estimated distance. We thought it was a lot further than [472 feet], based on some that were hit out there. But that’s amazing. That was a good one.”
“He got to show ev that power that he had that I’ve been telling everybody about.”
Russell Martin, on feeling as though he belongs more now than in his previous two All-Star appearances
“I definitely feel more established than before. I was a really young kid the first couple of times [in 2007 and 2008]. I feel like I’ve been around the block a little bit and know the ins and outs, and the guys that are here a little bit. It’s good to be back.
“I was nervous before. Now, I definitely won’t be as nervous. I was in a clubhouse with Barry Bonds and all those guys. It was pretty awesome.”
Tonight, Robinson Cano will step in as something of an underdog in the State Farm Home Run Derby — that is, except to the players who know him best. The Yankees didn’t bat an eye when David Ortiz called Cano’s name for the competition, and those who are here think there’s a chance that Cano could have a night to remember.
“It’s the kind of thing that you dream of as a kid, watching back in the day, guys like (Mark) McGwire and (Sammy) Sosa,” Cano said. “You want to know how it feels to hit a long ball and the fans cheer for you. I’m just going to go out there, have fun and enjoy it, not try to do too much. If I win it, perfect. If not, I’m just happy to be here. I’ll try not to let all those people down that cheer for me.”
Cano said that he will have his father, Jose, throwing to him. Jose Cano pitched in the big leagues with the ’89 Astros and is still Cano’s regular batting practice pitcher during the offseason.
“He’s the kind of guy that always watches me the whole season. He knows me really well. Who better than him?” Cano said.
“He’s got as good a chance as anybody. I take BP with him every day. He has the type of effortless swing that I don’t really see him get tired. He doesn’t have to put that much effort into his swing. He can just stay up there and swing all day and keep hitting homers.
“I don’t think he is [an underdog]. Not having the cage around and being his first time, if he gets past the first round, I can really see him taking it. I think the big key for him is going to be the first round.”
“I like Cano’s chances in the Home Run Derby. I’m going on record with that. I think he can [win it]. I’ve seen him in BP. He’s very impressive.”
“He’s a strong individual. I think people don’t realize how strong he is. His lower half is very solid and thick. He generates a lot of power and momentum from there. He’s got big hands, which kind of doesn’t seem to correlate too much to hitting, but when you’ve got big hands, there’s also some strength in there. He’s getting really good whip on the ball. His swing is very compact, so a mixture of all those different things will help him out today, as long as he gets his pitches in the zone. He should be able to gear up and drive some a very long way.”
“Give me just a little more time” – The Chairmen of the Board, 1970
That seemed to be the theme song in at least one corner of the visiting clubhouse here at Citi Field, as Robinson Cano griped that the Yankees had been counting on a 4 p.m. ET start, about three hours after the scheduled 1:10 p.m. ET.
Instead, whatever radars had been forecasting poor weather cleared, and Cano said the Yankees were only given about 30 minutes notice to get on the field for what would be a 2:39 p.m. ET start against R.A. Dickey and the Mets.
“This was a tough day,” Cano said. “We didn’t get a chance to stretch the way we stretch every day, because they told us 30 minutes before [first pitch].”
In fact, you might have noticed a delay as Freddy Garcia held up the first pitch, walking from the bullpen after rushing through his workout in the bullpen. Manager Joe Girardi said he complained that Garcia just wouldn’t have enough time to get ready on short notice.
“Freddy just didn’t have enough time,” Girardi said. “We got some messages and discussions about it didn’t look like we were going to play until 4 or 5. Freddy just needed some more time. I went to the umpires and I went to (Mets manager) Terry Collins and said, our guy needs more time. I don’t know what to tell you but he needs more time. He’s not going to be ready by 2:30, and they pushed it back a little bit [to 2:39].”
Cano said that he didn’t want to make it sound like an excuse, but players usually get more notice to get ready under similar circumstances, and seemed to hint it made a difference against Dickey.
“I would say about an hour,” Cano said. “You’ve got a starter that does whatever they do. Everybody’s got their own routine. You’ve got to give the starter a chance so they can do what they have to do. … We didn’t hit on the field. Get up and get ready. You’ve got to go out there 15 minutes before so you have 15 minutes to get ready. You can see how [it] was our first three innings. Everybody was swinging and missing. He was nasty, too, his pitches were moving a lot, but this is not the kind of team we are.”
Cano was asked if that short notice of preparation time was the same for both teams, and he chuckled that he couldn’t say for sure.
“When you get to be the home team, things are different,” Cano said. “You get to know everything. That’s what it is. I don’t know if it was the same thing or not, but if you get home-field advantage, you know what’s going on.”
Robinson Cano and Phil Hughes will be presented with awards from the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America at its annual dinner tonight.
The gala affair, to be held at the New York Hilton, also features the presentation of baseball’s eight national awards to both league’s MVPs, Cy Youngs, Rookies of the Year and Managers of the Year.
Cano has been selected for the Joe DiMaggio Toast of the Town Award, coming off a breakout season in which he batted .319 with 29 home runs and 109 RBIs in 160 games for New York.
Hughes is being presented with the Good Guy Award after posting a career-high 18 victories and his first career All-Star Game selection, recording a 4.19 ERA in 31 games (29 starts).
Longtime Yankees principal owner George M. Steinbrenner, who passed away on July 13 at age 80, will also be posthumously honored with the Joan Payson Award for community service.
We’ll have an update with quotes and more information after the dinner on MLB.com and Yankees.com.