The New York Yankees representatives in the MLB All-Star Game were happy to be a part of the ceremonies and everything that comes with being named to the team. However, they were not pleased with the result, an 8-0 whipping at the hands of the National League, as it has a direct impact on the Yankees should they reach the World Series. With the win, the National League representative to the World Series will now have home field advantage in the Fall Classic.
Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano each singled in two at-bats and Curtis Granderson went 0-for-2 in his, as the American League was routed by the National League 8-0 at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium. Jeter passed Hall of Famer and Yankee great Mickey Mantle for most career hits in All-Star Game appearances with eleven. Former Yankees outfielder Melky Cabrera was named the game’s MVP after going 2-for-3 with a two-run homer. CC Sabathia was in attendance, but was unable to pitch as he continues to recuperate from a groin strain.
A funny moment in the game came as Cabrera was rounding second base after hitting his homer. He held out his hand looking to give Cano five, but the Yankees second baseman held back from celebrating with his good friend. While with the Yankees, Cabrera and Cano were inseparable. Cano, despite being happy for his friend, said this game matters so respect to his team came before celebrating with Cabrera.
One day after the incessant booing Cano felt at during the Home Run Derby, the fans continued to let Cano hear it in the game during introductions and his plate appearances. Unfortunately, it got a little out of hand Monday night as some fans took to yelling at Cano’s family as they tried to enjoy his participation in the HR Derby. Cano said there were no hard feelings about how he was treated but felt going after his family was not warranted.
Sabathia tosses bullpen session
Sabathia was unable to be a part of the All-Star game, but was on the field yesterday afternoon to toss a bullpen session in his efforts to come off the disabled list. He remains on schedule to make the start on July 17th against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Sabathia said he felt “pretty good” and his next step is a simulated game on Friday at the Stadium in which he expects to throw about 60 pitches.
Chamberlain dials it up
Joba Chamberlain was back on the mound in a game situation for the first time since his season ended last summer after he required Tommy John surgery. Chamberlain hit 97-mph during a scoreless rehab assignment with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Yankees. The New York squad hopes to have him back on the MLB roster at some point in August.
- According to the New York Post, the Interleague Subway Series between the Yankees and Mets will be reduced to three of four games next season and become part of a three-year cycle in which the third year will be more similar to recent seasons.
- MLB commissioner Bud Selig said the boos for Cano were unfortunate, and the captain of future HR Derby contests may be forced to select a member of the host team.