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Home Run Derby? Rodriguez goes deep in rehab game

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 15, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez

Robinson Cano didn’t make it out of the first round in tonight’s Home Run Derby. The home run that carried weight was the one Alex Rodriguez hit in his rehab game with Double-A Trenton.

Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a homer that The Associated Press estimated at 400 feet. His other hit was a single after a 12-pitch at-bat.

As for Cano hitting home runs that don’t mean much, he only went deep four times tonight, the fewest of anyone in the Derby.

Cano’s final pick for the American League, Yoenis Cespedes, put on a show and beat Bryce Harper in the final round.

“Watching him take BP every day is fun on its own,” A’s reliever Grant Balfour said earlier today. “You’re out there, you’re wowed by the power that he’s got. I mean, the guy’s built like a linebacker, or I should say a running back. He’s just a five-tool guy. He’s got it all. He’s got the power. To come out here and see the fans, it’s going to be awesome. I know he’s excited. I asked him today, ‘Are you nervous?’ He said, ‘I’m good.’ He’s a pretty laid back guy. He doesn’t get rattled by too much. I know he hasn’t had much sleep or anything like that, but he’s going to be ready to go.”

Associated Press photo

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