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Cano hoping to defend Derby title

Robinson's father, Jose, will be back, too, after last year's emotional victory

Updated: July 9, 2012, 3:03 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

The first time Jose Cano threw batting practice to his son, Robinson, was about a quarter century ago. The son thinks he was 3 or 4. The father thinks it happened around age 6. But from the moment it happened, Robinson knew what he wanted.

It didn't matter to him that he grew up in San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic -- the city known in the 1980s for producing shortstops. He was born with different baseball blood.

"I just wanted to hit," Robinson said.

Jose ...

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