Notes: Robertson loses All-Star vote

July, 11, 2013
David Robertson Elsa/Getty ImagesDavid Robertson lost an All-Star vote to Toronto reliever Steve Delabar.
NEW YORK -- The Yankees will have only two players in next week's All-Star Game at Citi Field: Robinson Cano and Mariano Rivera.

Shortly after the Yankees' 8-4 win over the Royals on Thursday afternoon, Major League Baseball announced the winners of the 2013 All-Star Game Final Vote. Yankees reliever David Robertson was one of five candidates who could be added to the American League roster, but he lost out to Blue Jays reliever Steve Delabar, who finished with 9.6 million votes.

In the National League, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman won the Final Vote competition with a record 19.7 million votes, outpacing Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig and three others.

Robertson spoke with reporters after the game, but prior to the announcement.

"It's been amazing, the work everyone's done, especially my teammates too, all the fans," Robertson said. "I'm more of a reserved guy, I don't really like the attention too much. It's been tough for me to sort of campaign to try to get votes. I tried to do as best I could, and had a great group behind me, especially the Yankees' PR staff. It's been an interesting experience."

Robertson combined with two others (Shawn Kelley, Boone Logan) for 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Andy Pettitte on Thursday. He struck out the side in the eighth inning, allowing just an infield single.

On the season, in 40 appearances and 37 1/3 innings, Robertson is 4-1 with a 2.17 ERA. He has given up just 24 hits, with 49 strikeouts and 12 walks.

Delabar has made 37 appearances and pitched 41 1/3 innings for Toronto. He is 5-1 with a 1.74 ERA. He has given up 29 hits, with 57 strikeouts and 22 walks.

SURPRISE, SURPRISE: Catcher Austin Romine was one of three Yankees to have two hits on Thursday, along with Zoilo Almonte and Eduardo Nunez.

But Romine was hitting just .132 on the season coming into the game. It was just his third multihit game of the season.

Romine credited doing some extra work in recent days, as he has taken early batting practice. "Getting back to the basics -- short, compact swing," Romine said.

BRUISE BROTHERS: Travis Hafner sat out Thursday's game after suffering a contusion on his left foot working in the batting cage during Wednesday night's game. Brett Gardner was not in the starting lineup either after being hit by a pitch in the right shin Wednesday and suffering a contusion. But Gardner did pinch-hit in the eighth inning, flying out to center field.

After the game, manager Joe Girardi was asked about those two and their potential availability for Friday night's series opener against the Twins.

"Well, I think I’ll have Gardner for sure," Girardi said. "I’m not sure about Hafner."

And of course, we'll be waiting to hear the status of Derek Jeter, too.
Kieran Darcy is an staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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