CLEVELAND -- Robinson Cano plans to be swinging for the fences at the All-Star Game festivities later this month in Phoenix.
The Yankees' second baseman said Monday that he has signed up for the July 11 State Farm Home Run Derby at Arizona's Chase Field, confirming his interest to American League derby captain David Ortiz of the Red Sox.
"That's the kind of thing that when you're a young kid, you look forward to and dream about one day," Cano said. "It's always good to taste what it's like to be there."
Cano had hoped to participate in the Home Run Derby last season, but the Yankees held him out over concerns about a sore back. This year, Cano said that hitting coach Kevin Long gave him the green light to go.
Effectively replacing Mark Teixeira, who turned down Ortiz's invitation, Cano likes the AL's squad of Big Papi, Boston's Adrian Gonzalez and the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista. He even thinks he has a chance to win it all.
"Why not? Of course," Cano said. "The best thing is to win it. If I'm there, you never know."