Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and CC Sabathia: All-Stars
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The Yankees' Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson were named American League starters in the July 10 All-Star Game Sunday. CC Sabathia, who is on the disabled list and will not pitch in the game, also was voted to the team.
Jeter was selected to his 13th All-Star Game, including the last seven. He did not attend the All-Star Game last season, citing exhaustion after his pursuit of his 3,000th hit, which he notched just before the All-Star Game.
"Unfortunately, last year I didn't get a chance to go," Jeter said, "but I am looking forward to this year. It's an honor. All players want to be part of it. Anyone who says it gets old is lying to you."
Jeter is batting .299 with 41 runs, seven home runs, 25 RBIs and six stolen bases. He was hitting .397 as recently as May 6 but has gone 50-for-207 (.242) since, and his average dipped below .300 Sunday for the first time since April 8.
Jeter has 98 hits this season and passed Cal Ripken Jr. for 13th all-time in hits last week. Jeter has 3,186 career hits.
Cano, who will play in his fourth All-Star Game and third straight as a starter, began the season slowly before getting hot in June. He is batting .310 with 20 home runs, 46 RBIs, 55 runs and a .962 OPS.
Cano hit only four home runs in his first 42 games but has 16 home runs in 36 games since. He has homered in nine of his last 14 games and is hitting .370 with 12 homers and 22 RBIs in his last 25 games.
Granderson, who will make his third All-Star appearance and second in a row, is batting .246 with 23 home runs, 46 RBIs, 54 runs and six stolen bases in 78 games. He has 64 home runs since the start of 2011, behind only the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista (69) for the most in the majors in that span.
Sabathia, currently on the disabled list with a Grade 1 strain of his left adductor muscle (groin), is 9-3 with a 3.45 ERA, a 105/29 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a 1.27 WHIP in 107 innings. It is the sixth time he has been selected. Sabathia said he plans to attend the All-Star Game because he enjoys being there, but won't pitch. He plans to play catch this week.
"I have been feeling pretty good," he said. "No pain."