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Rapid Reaction: Cano, Mo in All-Star Game

7/6/2013

NEW YORK -- Mariano Rivera will have a chance to close out his final All-Star Game.

Rivera, who is retiring at the end of the season, is one of two Yankees players who have been selected to the American League All-Star squad, the other being second baseman Robinson Cano.

Cano will be the starting second baseman after grabbing 5,369,141 votes.

Setup man David Robertson is part of the final vote to make the roster. He is one of five choices, along with Joaquin Benoit, Steve Delabar, Tanner Scheppers and Koji Uehara.

If Robertson isn't picked, the two Yankees All-Stars will be the fewest the Yankees have had since 1993.

Mariano: Let's be honest: There was no way Rivera wasn't going to be on the roster for the final All-Star Game of his career. Rivera is turning in another one of his fantastic seasons with 29 saves already, including one Saturday, and has a 1.39 ERA, his lowest since 2005. He hasn't missed a beat in his return after missing most of last season after tearing his ACL.

There had been a campaign to have Rivera start the All-Star Game, but Rivera said he wants to stick to his usual role as a closer. Rivera is now a 13-time All-Star, tying Derek Jeter and Joe DiMaggio. He's a perfect four for four in save opportunities in the All-Star Game, throwing eight innings of one-run ball, although the run was unearned. He's given up just five hits while striking out five.

Cano: Cano is having another one of his typical seasons, although a case could be made that Boston's Dustin Pedroia deserves to represent the AL. Cano is hitting .293 with 20 homers and 58 RBIs, leading the Yankees in the latter two statistics. Cano has been on a tear as of late.

Cano is now a five-time All-Star and has made it four straight seasons as the elected starter. He's 1-for-5 in the All-Star Game with an RBI. He's had at-bats in each of the past three games.

End of a run: Jeter had been voted the starter for the past seven seasons at shortstop, but his reign came to an end as the fans voted J.J. Hardy to start. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise because Jeter hasn't played a game this season while rehabbing from ankle surgery.

Outfielder Curtis Granderson's two-year run as chosen starter also ended. Starter CC Sabathia made the team the past three seasons and likely won't be chosen as a replacement.

Robertson: Robertson will have the chance to be selected to his second All-Star Game. Robertson is 4-1 with a 2.29 ERA this season, striking out 45 batters in 35⅓ innings. He pitched a scoreless frame in the 2011 All-Star Game.

Snubs?: Hard to say that any Yankees player really got snubbed this season. Brett Gardner and Hiroki Kuroda are having very solid seasons but are't having the type of seasons that would make the exclusions headline worthy. Most years, it seems the Yankees usually get a player or two in who might not be playing like an All-Star, but this season their quota seems just right.