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Does the Derby hurt home run hitters such as Robinson Cano?
Does the Derby hurt home run hitters such as Robinson Cano?

Ah, the Home Run Derby. It’s hard for me to think of many American traditions that top watching baseball’s best sluggers (cameos made by Vernon Wells in 2010 and Brandon Inge the year before) while listening to Chris Berman shriek NFL highlights on a warm July evening. (Wait, that wasn’t a new episode of NFL Primetime last night? Oh.) Yesterday, two AL East rivals landed in the final round of the derby: Robinson Cano of the Yankees and the behemoth that goes by Adrian Gonzalez of theRed Sox. Cano, teeing off on his dad, former major league pitcher Jose Cano, used his fiber-glass smooth swing to bash 12 home runs in the finals, one more than Gonzalez’s 11, to take...

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