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2013 MLB All-Star Game: Robinson Cano and Mariano Rivera will represent the Yankees

Jim McIsaac

Two Yankees will be representing the team in Queens for the 2013 All-Star Game on July 16 at Citi Field. With so many backups being forced into the lineup on a daily basis due to injury, it's not surprising that the Yankees don't have more players on this list, even though there are certainly a couple more players who you could argue were deserving.

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano has been voted as the American League starter at second base, edging out the Red Sox Dustin Pedroia. Unlike in recent years when the Yankees seemed to have half the starters for the AL, Cano will be the only Yankee to start the game. In 86 games this season, Cano has batted .292/.371/.529 with 20 home runs and a 137 wRC+. He is unquestionably the Yankees best every day player and arguably the best second baseman in baseball. This will be Cano's fifth All-Star game and his fourth start. Cano has now matched Willie Randolph as the Yankee leader in ASG appearances at second base.

Mariano Rivera will also represent the Yankees and the American League as part of Jim Leyland's pitching staff. Rivera is riding off into retirement on a high note having converted 29 of 30 saves so far this year in 32.1 innings. The American League hasn't had a ton of success in All-Star games recently, but it would be nice to see Rivera closing out the game to give the AL the win just in case the Yankees can make it to the World Series, ensuring that they'd have home field advantage. This will be Mo's 13th time as an All-Star.

Setup man David Robertson is up for the Final Vote spot on the team. Yankee fans sent Nick Swisher to the All-Star Game two years ago by winning the final vote and they'll have another chance to do that again with D-Rob. Joaquin Benoit of the Tigers, Steve Delabar of the Blue Jays, Tanner Scheppers of the Rangers, and Koji Uehara of the Red Sox are also candidates for the final American League spot. You can vote for D-Rob here.

The starting nine for the American League include Joe Mauer, Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy, Miguel Cabrera, Adam Jones, Mike Trout, Jose Bautista, David Ortiz, and Cano. American League Pitching All-Stars are Max Scherzer, Felix Hernandez, Clay Buchholz, Brett Cecil, Justin Verlander, Justin Masterson, Chris Sale, Bartolo Colon, Yu Darvish, Hisashi Iwakuma, Jesse Crain, Joe Nathan, and Glen Perkins.