New York Yankees: Edwin Encarnacion

Who should Cano pick for HR Derby team?

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Who should Robinson Cano select to participate in the 2013 Home Run Derby? You can see the selections announced on "SportsCenter" at 6 p.m. ET.

Here is the ESPN Home Run Tracker analysis of the top choices.

Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Although Trumbo ranks ninth in the AL with 19 home runs, nine of those went at least 425 feet, the most in baseball. His average home run distance is 417.7 feet, fourth in the majors (minimum 10 home runs), and all but three of his home runs would have been out of Citi Field.

His 475-foot home run off Dan Straily on April 29 is tied for the longest home run of the year.

Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles

Davis leads the majors with 33 home runs, showing power to all fields.

Davis has not hit a home run longer than 440 feet this season, but seven have gone at least 425. His eight home runs to center field are the most in baseball.

Nelson Cruz, Texas Rangers

Cruz has 22 home runs this season, including ones that went 450 feet and 445 feet. Nineteen of those homers would have been out of Citi Field.

Although Cruz's average home run distance is 410.4 feet (12th among players with at least 10 home runs), his average home run distance is 419 feet when excluding his opposite-field home runs.

Other AL options:

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers: It is hard to keep Cabrera off this list, as he is second in baseball with 27 home runs. However, his average home run distance is "only" 406.7 feet, 25th in the majors (minimum 10 home runs).

Raul Ibanez, Seattle Mariners: Ibanez has 21 home runs, but his average home run distance is 383.6 feet, the lowest in the AL (among those with at least 10 home runs). Only four of those 21 were longer than 400 feet, and nine would not have been homers at Citi Field.

Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox: Despite having 23 home runs, including six of at least 430 feet, Dunn ranks 17th in average home run distance.

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Trout has the third-highest average home run distance in baseball (419.5 feet), but his 14 home runs were not enough to make the top three.

Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays: Encarnacion has 23 home runs, but only one over 430 feet.

First Pitch: Yanks at Blue Jays (Aug. 10)

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Freddy Garcia Stats to Watch
Garcia continues to pitch well since returning to the rotation in July, with three runs or fewer allowed in six of those seven starts.

However, he lacked his usual command in his most recent start against the Mariners last Sunday. He issued four walks, which was twice as many as in his previous three starts combined.

Garcia threw a first-pitch ball to nearly half the Mariners he faced (11 of 23), and six of those 11 batters that got to 1-0 counts reached base. In his previous three starts, less than a third of the hitters that went to 1-0 counts against Garcia reached base.

Yet Garcia showed in that game that he can pitch under pressure, allowing one hit in four at-bats with runners on base. Since the beginning of July, Garcia is holding batters to a .174 average (and no extra-base hits) with men on base.

Garcia has a career 6.02 ERA against the Blue Jays, his worst ERA against any AL team. He’s really struggled north of the border, losing his last five starts in Toronto with 25 runs allowed in 24 innings during that span.

He is the fifth major-league pitcher to lose five straight road starts against the Blue Jays; no pitcher has lost six consecutive starts in Toronto.

Ricky Romero Stats To Watch
Romero has gotten repeatedly drubbed recently. He’s lost seven straight decisions, with a 6-0 loss to the Yankees on July 18 included in that span.

He’s 0-7 with an 8.06 ERA in his last eight starts, though he allowed only one run in seven innings in a no-decision against the Athletics in his last start.

One of Romero’s biggest issues is wildness. He’s walked as many as he’s struck out (28) in his last 41 1/3 innings.

Romero’s signature pitch, his changeup, has been ineffective in this run. The chart on the right shows the success of it prior to this slump, compared to its current struggles.

How do you get Edwin Encarnacion out?
With Jose Bautista out with an injury, the Blue Jays top power threat is Edwin Encarnacion, who is 7-for-19 with four doubles and a home run against the Yankees this season.

Encarnacion is hitting .276 with 19 home runs against right-handed pitching this season.

His sweet spot against righties is against pitches in the lower-third of the strike zone (a .403 batting average and seven home runs against pitches to that area).

The weakness that Garcia can attack is up-and-in or up-and-away.

Encarnacion ranks in the bottom 15 percent in OPS among batting-title qualifiers against pitches thrown to those areas, whether they be in or out of the strike zone.

Canadian Blues
The Yankees have dropped their last three games in Toronto, scoring no more than one run in each game, the first time they’ve ever done that against the Blue Jays.

It’s their longest road losing streak against any opponent, while scoring one run or fewer in each game, since a four-game streak against the Tigers from 1998-99.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.291 8 46 47
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Teixeira 17
RBIM. Teixeira 48
RB. Gardner 58
OPSJ. Ellsbury .777
WM. Tanaka 12
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135