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Associated Press

Posted on July 12, 2011 at 7:32 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 12 at 8:01 AM


Cano takes Derby crown

PHOENIX (AP) — It was Red Sox vs. Yankees in the Home Run Derby final at Chase Park last night in Phoenix.

With his father, Jose, on the mound, Yankee second baseman Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') set a finals record by crushing 12 home runs right after Boston first baseman Adrian Gonzalez swatted 11. Cano still had four outs remaining when he clinched the title.

Cano finished with 32 total home runs, one more than Gonzalez.

Cano is the third Yankee to win the competition, joining Jason Giambi and Tino Martinez.

The National League quartet of Prince Fielder, Matt Holliday, Rickie Weeks and Matt Kemp combined for just 19. Major League home run leader Jose Bautista was eliminated in the first round after swatting just four round-trippers.

Defending champ David Ortiz was eliminated in the semifinals.

There was almost another accident involving a fan trying to catch a ball during the derby. Keith Carmickle climbed up on a table to reach for one hit by Prince Fielder. He lost his balance, tumbled over the rail and found himself dangling over a pool deck roughly 20 feet below. He was saved by a friend who grabbed his legs and his brother wrapped up his arms.

A fan at a Texas Rangers game died last week while trying to catch a ball thrown into the stands.


Halladay and Weaver starting All-Star pitchers

PHOENIX (AP) — Philadelphia's Roy Halladay will throw the first pitch in the All-Star game. The American League will go with Jered Weaver of the L.A. Angels.

Halladay started the 2009 midsummer classic for Toronto and will be the fourth pitcher to start for both leagues. He's 11-3 with a 2.45 ERA.

Weaver is 11-4 with a 1.86 ERA.

Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson bats leadoff for the AL, with Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (ahs-DROO'-buhl kah-BREHR'-uh) and Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hitting two-three. Major League home run leader Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays bats cleanup and will be followed by Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray), Red Sox d-h David Ortiz, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') and Tigers catcher Alex Avila.

The NL batting order has Rickie Weeks in the leadoff spot. The Brewers second baseman will be followed by designated hitter Carlos Beltran of the Mets, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp and Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder in the cleanup spot. Then it'll be Atlanta catcher Brian McCann, St. Louis right fielder Lance Berkman, Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WIHT'-skee) and Reds third baseman Scott Rolen.


Phillies, Red Sox best at the break

UNDATED (AP) - At baseball's All-Star break the Philadelphia Phillies have the game's best record at 57-34. Boston leads the American League with a 55-35 mark.

The Phillies top the NL East by 3½ games over Atlanta. Milwaukee and St. Louis are tied for the Central lead with identical 49-43 records and the defending World Series champion Giants top the NL West by three games over Arizona. San Francisco has a 52-40 record.

Boston leads the American League East by a game over the Yankees. The Red Sox headed into the break on a six-game winning streak.

The AL Central race has Detroit leading Cleveland by just a half game.

Things are also tight in the West with Texas leading the Angels by just a game. The Rangers entered the break on a seven-game winning streak.


Potential jurors cleared

WASHINGTON (AP) - More potential jurors are being qualified for Roger Clemens' perjury trial in Washington while the defense hints the seven-time Cy Young Award winner won't testify.

Lawyer Rusty Hardin on Monday pressed potential jurors not to hold Clemens' silence against him, thus demonstrating the defense team is at least considering not putting the ex-pitcher on the stand. Clemens watched without speaking during three days of intense questioning of 50 potential jurors that qualified 35 people for potential service.

Thirty-six people need to be qualified before government and defense lawyers use their preemptory challenges to narrow the panel to 12 jurors and four alternates.

Clemens is charged with six felonies for telling Congress under oath that he never used performance-enhancing drugs. He stands by the denial, but prosecutors say they can prove that he's lying.


Thousands at funeral of fan who fell

BROWNWOOD, Texas (AP) - Front-office executives from the Texas Rangers and firefighters from across Texas were in Brownwood, Texas, on Monday for the funeral of the 39-year-old father who fell to his death trying to catch a souvenir baseball tossed by his son's favorite player.

Shannon Stone was remembered at a memorial service for his kindness, his love of baseball, his skill as a firefighter and as a loving dad. A funeral procession included more than 50 emergency vehicles.

Stone and his son had gone to a Rangers game Thursday night and were sitting in left field when outfielder Josh Hamilton tossed a foul ball into the stands. Stone fell about 20 feet onto concrete as he caught the ball and he died a short time later.


Playoff decides U.S. Women's Open title

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — So Yeon Ryu (soh yahn yoo) beat fellow South Korean Hee Kyung Seo (soh) in a three-hole playoff to claim the U.S. Women's Open title.

The 21-year-old champion finished the playoff 2-under par to become the fifth golfer from her country to win the Open and fourth in the last seven years.

Ryu was one shot back when she returned to the course early in the morning to complete her darkness-suspended final round. Seo made it to the clubhouse Sunday evening before play was halted. Ryu birdied 18 to force the playoff.

American Cristie Kerr finished third, two shots off the pace.


Pairings for British Open set

SANDWICH, England (AP) - Coming off a record-breaking win at the U.S. Open, Rory McIlroy is paired with Ernie Els and Rickie Fowler for the first two rounds of the British Open.

The 22-year-old from Northern Ireland had a 16-under score last month at Congressional. He's favored to make it two majors in a row at Royal St. George's.

Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST'-hy-zehn) of South Africa will play the first two rounds with American star Phil Mickelson and defending PGA champ Martin Kaymer (KY'-mehr).


DA will review police reports on Jones

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The district attorney in Las Vegas says he'll review police reports of NFL football player Adam "Pacman" Jones' weekend arrest before deciding whether to ask a judge to jail Jones for violating a probation stay-out-of-trouble order.

The Clark County District Attorney tells The Associated Press it could be weeks before he decides whether to seek jailing Jones for up to a year.

The 27-year-old Jones plays for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was arrested early Sunday at a Cincinnati bar on charges of resisting arrest and misdemeanor disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

Jones's lawyer in Las Vegas says he thinks charges against his client will be dropped.

Jones was sentenced to one year of probation in February for his role in a 2007 strip club melee in Las Vegas.


Sports Network sues OSU

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State University is being sued by ESPN.

The sports network alleges the school violated state public records law by denying requests for items related to an NCAA investigation that led to the resignation of football coach Jim Tressel and caused quarterback Terrell Pryor to leave school.

The suit asks justices to order the university to release the records and pay attorney fees and court costs.


Vrabel headed back to alma mater

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Former All-Pro linebacker Mike Vrabel (VRAY'-bul) is retiring from the Kansas City Chiefs and returning to his alma mater as an Ohio State assistant coach.

Vrabel confirmed Monday morning the end of his 14-year career and that he had taken the job as linebackers coach with the Buckeyes. The position was previously held by his college roommate and teammate, Luke Fickell (FIHK'-uhl), who was elevated to interim head coach when Jim Tressel resigned May 30.

Vrabel played for Pittsburgh and New England before closing out his career with the Chiefs. He announced his retirement in a statement issued through his agent.

Vrabel played eight seasons with the Patriots, winning three Super Bowl titles as a hybrid defender and a spot short-yardage and goal-line offensive player.