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Cano comes through in final

Adrian Gonzalez, left, made it to the final of the home run derby, presumably not using this bat. The Red Sox first baseman leads the AL in batting average (.354) and RBIs (77).

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Adrian Gonzalez, left, made it to the final of the home run derby, presumably not using this bat. The Red Sox first baseman leads the AL in batting average (.354) and RBIs (77).

PHOENIX — Robinson Cano thought about hitting an advertising sign, a 472-foot drive and a good 50 feet or more above and well behind the swimming pool at Chase Field.

"That was my favorite one; I'm going to have that in my mind for the next two or three weeks. I wonder how far could it be, that in New York?" he said. "I got power."

In another Yankees-Red Sox showdown, Cano outslugged Boston first baseman Adrian Gonzalez 12-11 in the final of the All-Star home run derby Monday night, though his rival made the biggest splash.

Batting last and being pitched to by his father, former Astros pitcher Jose Cano, the New York second baseman batted second in the final round. Each hit 20 home runs through two rounds.

"As a kid, you dream to be up here with a bunch of guys that you watched back in the day, like Sosa, Griffey, McGwire, Giambi, how much fun they have," Robinson Cano said.

Again highlighting the dangers of trying to catch a ball at a big-league park, a fan standing on a table above the pool deck, Keith Carmickle of Kingman, Ariz., fell over trying to catch a Prince Fielder homer. The fan was grabbed by his brother before going all the way over, where he could have fallen about 20 feet. Carmickle was dangling when he was pulled back up.

Gonzalez hit a ball that wound up in the swimming pool in rightfield — along with Mike Moon, a 26-year-old fan who caught the ball before falling into the water, where he was surrounded by bikini-clad women.

Gonzalez and Cano ousted defending champion David Ortiz of the Red Sox and Milwaukee's Fielder (nine apiece) in the semifinals. St. Louis' Holliday (five), Toronto's Jose Bautista (four), Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks (three) and the Dodgers' Matt Kemp (two) didn't get past the opening round.

Cano comes through in final 07/11/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 12:30am]
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