Fans have chance to make D-Rob and All-Star

With Robinson Cano elected as the starting second baseman for the American League and Mariano Rivera named to the pitching staff, the Yankees have only two representatives in the All-Star Game for the first time in 20 years. Back in 1993 for the game at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Wade Boggs started at third base for the AL and Jimmy Key was on the staff and pitched in the game.

Yankees fans can rectify this by getting a third Yankees representative on the AL squad. Relief pitcher David Robertson is one of five candidates for Major League Baseball’s “Final Vote,” which will decide who receives the last AL All-Star roster spot through of online fan balloting at yankees.com.

On being picked by the fans to start in the 2013 All-Star Game July 16 at Citi Field, Cano said, “It feels great. I want to thank God and the fans that dedicated their time to vote for me to start this year’s All-Star Game. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. There are a lot of great second basemen in the American League. I am thankful to the fans for voting and appreciating the way that I’ve been playing this year. It makes it that much more special that the game and the events surrounding it are being held here in New York City.”

“It’s wonderful to be named an All-Star again, especially with the game being here in New York,” Rivera said. “New York fans are the best, and they deserve it. I know that they will put on a great show and hopefully we’ll do a good job.”

In a nod to his old-school style of wearing his socks high and showing them off, Robertson’s social media campaign has been given the hash tag of #HighSocksForVotes. The hash tag is also a play on the name of Robertson’s nonprofit charitable organization “High Socks for Hope,” which he and his wife Erin founded after tornadoes ravaged his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 2011. The online polls are open from now through 4 p.m. Thursday, July 11. Fans who vote for D-Rob will be automatically entered into a sweepstakes for a meet-and-greet with him along with free tickets to a Yankees game.

With a full slate of home games until the vote concludes, the Yankees strongly encourage fans to show support for Robertson by wearing their own high socks to Yankee Stadium. The Yankees official Twitter account @Yankees will re-tweet photos of fans proudly displaying their high socks like Robertson.

Fans should note that beginning at 10:00 a.m. Thursday – the final day of voting – all tweets that include Robertson’s official hash tag of #HighSocksForVotes will count as a valid vote for him.

“I feel excited and hopeful that I’ll be selected to go to my second All-Star Game,” Robertson said. “I know there are four other guys in the mix, but hopefully I can get enough votes. To be able to sit alongside Mariano in that bullpen in his final All-Star Game appearance would be an awfully special moment in my career. Yankees fans are the best, and I know that they will make every effort to send me to Queens.”

Robertson made one prior AL All-Star team in 2011 when he pitched one scoreless inning at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Derek Jeter began an injury-rehabilitation assignment Saturday night with Triple-A Scranton and was 0-for-2 with a walk and played five innings at shortstop against Lehigh Valley. Michael Pineda started that game for Scranton and allowed two runs, four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in five innings. . .Alex Rodriguez continued his rehab for Class A Tampa and had 1-for-2, was hit by a pitch and scored a run in a six-inning stint at Viera, Fla.

In a moving ceremony prior to Sunday’s game at Yankee Stadium, a list of the victims of the Sandy Hook killings in Newtown, Conn., were displayed on the centerfield video board during a moment of silence. The Newtown Youth Voices performed a lovely version of the Star Spangled Banner with a joint color guard from the Sandy Hook Fire Department and the Newtown Police Department. Approximately 4,000 Newtown residents were guests at the Stadium and received food and beverage vouchers courtesy of the Yankees and Legends Hospitality Management.

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