Robertson added to AL roster for Price
NEW YORK -- As the Yankees' eighth-inning reliever, David Robertson normally heads out to the bullpen when the game is in the second inning. Just before he departed for his seat in right field on Sunday, he got some unexpected news from his manager, Joe Girardi.
"He yells at me from the dugout, he's like 'Hey Robbie,' and of course I think it's [Robinson] Cano," Robertson said. "So finally he's like, 'David Robertson.' He comes over and says, 'I got some bad news for you.' And I'm like 'What happened now, what did I do?' He's like, 'You're going to have to change your plans, you're going to Arizona.' I was pretty excited. I couldn't believe it."
Robertson and CC Sabathia were named late additions to the American League All-Star team, replacing Rays starters David Price and James Shields, respectively.
Sabathia was pitching in the top of the third inning during the announcement. The man he was replacing, Shields, came out to pitch the bottom of the third.
The 30-year-old Sabathia will be making his fifth All-Star appearance, but, like Shields, he will be unavailable to pitch. He will not be making the trip to Phoenix's Chase Field.
The 26-year-old Robertson is one of eight Yankees players to make this year's All-Star Game, and the only one making his first appearance.
"I'm just a little surprised," Robertson said. "It seems like this whole season has crept up on me. It came down to this point. "
With his strikeout stuff and ability to wriggle out of jams, Robertson has been a cog in a Yankees bullpen decimated by injuries. He has 56 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings, to go along with a 1.27 ERA. The 14.26 strikeouts per nine innings are the most among any pitcher with at least 30 frames this season. Robertson has walked 23 batters, but he has yet to allow a home run in 2011.
After hearing the news from Girardi, Robertson ran into the clubhouse to call his wife, Erin. The late nature of the announcement may lead to some scrambling, but Robertson doesn't mind.
"I'd pretty much given up," Robertson said. "I thought if it hadn't happened by now, it isn't going to happen."
Robertson will join Cano, Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson at Phoenix's Chase Field.
Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Sabathia are also All-Stars, but will not make the trip.
Jeter hoping big day is start of hot streak
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter went to sleep after leaving Yankee Stadium on Saturday as the newest member of the 3,000-hit club.
"Not too much, because I've got to play today," Jeter said of Saturday night's celebration. "I don't really recover like I used to. I was just with family and friends."
Jeter was back in his familiar shortstop and leadoff roles on Sunday against the Rays, something he knew he would be doing after Saturday's game, given the status of Alex Rodriguez -- out with a torn meniscus in his right knee -- and Nick Swisher, who again got the day off to rest his sore left quad.
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Jeter also knew he would be a lot more relaxed after recording the milestone hit, and he is looking at his 5-for-5 performance on Saturday as something to build off.
"No question," Jeter said. "Like I said yesterday, I feel like I've been swinging the bat pretty good since I've been back. That's not always the case, because the pitchers aren't just throwing the ball down the middle and saying 'Go ahead, get a hit.' But any time you feel good, you want it to continue for as long as you can."
Jeter, who will not go to the All-Star Game, heard from ex-teammates and baseball legends alike on Saturday, with Cardinals legend Stan Musial being among the most surprising of people to reach out to him.
Manager Joe Girardi gave Jeter the lineup card from Saturday's game, and replicas were in front of each player's locker Sunday.
Jeter had not yet heard from the National Baseball Hall of Fame but planned to keep most of the memorabilia from Saturday.
"I have a lot of stuff, or I should say my parents have a lot of stuff," Jeter said. "They have gotten most of it throughout the years, so I hope they will give it back to me one day. They have most of the stuff now."
Cano might have father pitch to him in Derby
NEW YORK -- Robinson Cano hasn't decided for sure, but he is leaning toward having his father, a former Major Leaguer, pitch to him at Monday's Home Run Derby in Phoenix.
Jose Cano, 49, pitched six games for the Astros in 1989.
"It would be just good to have a guy, someone who really knows you and knows what part of the plate you can hit the ball better," Cano said. "It's going to be really nice to have my dad throw me BP. It's something that's going to be in my mind and my heart for the rest of my life. "
Cano will join Jose Bautista, David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez in representing the American League. The National League will send Matt Holliday, Prince Fielder, Matt Kemp and Rickie Weeks. On Tuesday, Cano will play in his second consecutive All-Star Game.
"Every year, I get more and more excited about it," Cano said. "That's why we all work hard. I don't want just to play 162 games and go home. This is the kind of stuff you can have good memories and show your kids. You can make any kind of money, but you have the jerseys, trophies, those are the kind of things you can show your kids."
Of the six Yankees selected to the All-Star Game, only Cano, Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin will be in Phoenix. Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Mariano Rivera will all miss the game in order to rest injuries.
"It's really sad. You can say three Hall of Famers, you can say that you went to the All-Star Game with them, and you have a good memory," Cano said. "But they're not going. I know they would like to go, but this is life in the game of baseball. Not everything's going to be perfect."
Matt Fortuna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Thomas Boorstein is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.