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Jeter, Grandy, Cano starters in KC; CC picked

Jeter, Grandy, Cano starters in KC; CC picked

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Jeter, Grandy, Cano starters in KC; CC picked
NEW YORK -- Four Yankees will be packing their bags to help represent the American League in this summer's All-Star Game, to be played on July 10 at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium.

Second baseman Robinson Cano, outfielder Curtis Granderson and shortstop Derek Jeter were named to the Junior Circuit's starting lineup via fan voting and will partake in the festivities.

American League roster
Starters
C Mike Napoli, TEX
1B Prince Fielder, DET
2B Robinson Cano, NYY
3B Adrian Beltre, TEX
SS Derek Jeter, NYY
OF Josh Hamilton, TEX
OF Curtis Granderson, NYY
OF Jose Bautista, TOR
DH David Ortiz, BOS
Pitchers
RHP Ryan Cook, OAK
LHP Matt Harrison, TEX
RHP Felix Hernandez, SEA
RHP Jim Johnson, BAL
RHP Joe Nathan, TEX
RHP Chris Perez, CLE
LHP David Price, TB
RHP Fernando Rodney, TB
LHP CC Sabathia, NYY
LHP Chris Sale, CWS
RHP Justin Verlander, DET
RHP Jered Weaver, LAA
LHP C.J. Wilson, LAA
Reserves
C Joe Mauer, MIN
C Matt Wieters, BAL
SS Elvis Andrus, TEX
SS Asdrubal Cabrera, CLE
3B Miguel Cabrera, DET
2B Ian Kinsler, TEX
1B Paul Konerko, CWS
OF Adam Jones, BAL
OF Mike Trout, LAA
OF Mark Trumbo, LAA
DH Billy Butler, KC
DH Adam Dunn, CWS

"You don't want to just go home and be by yourself," Cano said. "Those are the memories you'll have to tell your family, your kids when you're retired. You're always going to have these memories."

Additionally, Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia was named to the AL's pitching staff but will be replaced due to a mild left groin strain. Sabathia's roster spot was taken by Angels starter C.J. Wilson, though Sabathia still plans to make the trip to Kansas City.

"Right now, the plan is to go," Sabathia said. "It's the third year in a row that I haven't been able to pitch. It is what it is, but I'm definitely excited to be able to make the team."

The nominations were announced on Sunday on TBS during the MLB All-Star Selection Show presented by Taco Bell.

"It's a thrill for me to tell them," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "They deserve it, they've earned it and I'm very proud of them for what they've accomplished."

Jeter received 6,656,949 votes to top Elvis Andrus of the Rangers (4,065,719). This marks Jeter's 13th All-Star selection, including his seventh straight and eighth overall as a starter, though he missed last year's contest because he was resting a calf injury to prepare for the Yankees' second half.

"I've always told you guys every time I'm at an All-Star Game how much I appreciate going and how much fun I have," Jeter said. "Unfortunately, last year, I didn't have a chance to go, but I'm looking forward to it this year."

The Major Leagues' active hits leader, Jeter led shortstops at every announced checkpoint of fan balloting. He joins Hall of Famers Cal Ripken Jr. (1989-96) and Ozzie Smith (1983-92) as the only shortstops named to start at least seven straight Midsummer Classics.

"Anybody who tells you it gets old, they're lying to you, because it's an honor," Jeter said. "Throughout the years, at the position I've played, [you recognize] all the great shortstops that have been out there."

Granderson has scored his third All-Star appearance and second consecutive fan-elected start. He, like Jeter, was also in line for a starting nod every step of the way in the results announced by MLB.

Only the Rangers' Josh Hamilton, who received a record 11,073,774 votes, got more support than Granderson (5,587,026) among AL outfielders.

"It's cool, the fact that the fans were able to vote me in -- so thank you to all the fans that took part in the voting," Granderson said. "It's an honor and a privilege to get recognized by the people that are watching us, day in and day out."

Granderson is the first Yankees outfielder to earn back-to-back fan-elected starts since Hall of Famers Rickey Henderson and Dave Winfield in 1987-88.

As the AL's Home Run Derby captain, Cano had been guaranteed a trip to Kansas City even if he hadn't surged ahead late (5,806,958) to edge the Rangers' Ian Kinsler (4,967,247) for the nod at second base.

That rush will make Cano's trip to Kansas City sweeter. He is the first Yankees second baseman to earn three straight fan-elected starts, and Jeter and Cano will join the Reds' Joe Morgan and Dave Concepcion (1975-77) as the only pair of teammates up the middle to start as a double-play combination three times together.

"To get to be in the All-Star Game with the same guy, you know where he's going to throw and you know everything he's going to do, because you already know the guy," Cano said. "He's a hands-down Hall of Famer, and he's putting up good numbers right now."

Cano's bat seems to have gotten warm at the right time for the Derby; he hit 11 home runs in June, his highest total for a calendar month, including eight in his final 13 games. He added his 20th homer in Sunday's 4-2 win over the White Sox.

"I don't want to say it's a Home Run Derby [warmup]," Cano said. "I'm just going out there and putting everything together. I work outside in the hitting cage and just take advantage when they throw pitches over the plate."

The 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. Pregame ceremonies begin at 7:30 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.

Fans will also have the opportunity to participate in the official voting for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet via the 2012 MLB.com All-Star Game MVP Vote during the All-Star Game on MLB.com.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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