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State Farm® Home Run Derby® drives home donations for charities

MLB Press Release

Event raises $603,000 including $428,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Robinson Cano walks away with Derby title

PHOENIX — Baseball’s biggest sluggers went to bat for charities tonight and helped State Farm and Major League Baseball raise $603,000 during the 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby at Chase Field. Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees knocked off Adrian Gonzalez of the Boston Red Sox and captured the long ball crown by belting 12 home runs during the Championship Round.

With Derby champion Cano leading the way, the eight participating MLB hitters clubbed 95 home runs during this year’s competition and an additional 11 during the first round swing-off. A total of 11 State Farm Gold Balls were launched over the wall at Chase Field, generating a donation of $18,000 per ball from State Farm and MLB to charities including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). In addition, State Farm donated $3,000 for each non-Gold Ball home run. The home run power on display at the event generated a donation of $450,000 on behalf of State Farm and MLB.

“Once again, the State Farm Home Run Derby put on an incredible show for the fans, and we’re proud that it’s all for a great cause,” said Todd Fischer, manager of national sponsorships for State Farm. “State Farm, together with Major League Baseball, uses the Home Run Derby donations to continue our commitment to help communities and organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs get to a better state.”

State Farm also went to bat for local Phoenix Area Boys & Girls Clubs by awarding an additional $120,000 as part of the Home Run Derby Player Match-up program. Raquelle Enos of the Lehi Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale rode the sweet swing of the New York second baseman and earned $50,000 on behalf of State Farm for her local club. Enos was one of eight members from Phoenix Area BGCA chapters who were matched with Home Run Derby participants for a chance to win $50,000 for their club. State Farm awarded each of the other seven participants’ clubs a $10,000 donation.

“Boys and Girls Clubs of America is so grateful toward State Farm and Major League Baseball for their continued support,” said Roxanne Spillett, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “It is through these partnerships that our chapters and members get opportunities to participate in programs and receive services that promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.”

Also as part of the new State Farm Home Run Derby format, the American League, led by captain David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox, defeated the National League in the team competition, 76 home runs to 19. Thanks to the American League victory, Ortiz’s charity of choice, the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, will receive a donation of $150,000. State Farm and Major League Baseball will also award a $100,000 donation to the BGCA in Ortiz’s name, while Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers, the losing team captain, helped earn a $25,000 donation for his charity, the Ronald McDonald House.

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Finally! The Offense Explodes!

Posted by Brian Capozzi http://www.bronxbombersbeat.com

While one win doesn’t exactly take away the sour taste left in our mouths after the Yankees-Red Sox series, an offense blowout can definitely help. Backed by a solid outing from Ivan Nova, the Yankees beat the Indians last evening in the Bronx by a score of 11-7. A 4-run 9th inning by the Indians is the reason why the score seems closer then it was. In the bottom of the 1st inning, patience… that’s right, patience is what led the Yankees to a 3-0 lead. Jeter led off the game with a walk, followed by a Granderson strikeout, and 2 walks to Teixeira and A-Rod. Cano stepped to the plate with bases load and drove a single to right field to plate Jeter. Nick Swisher followed up with a sacrifice fly to score Teixeira, and Posada singled in Rodriguez. Fundamentals helped the Yankees work their way to a 3-0 lead heading into the second. A Granderson home run in the bottom of the second was followed by abench clearing ‘argument’ after what appeared to be an intentional HBP at Teixeira. It was a bush-league move by Fausto Carmona who threw a cock-shot fastball to Granderson. That was his own fault and Teixeira should not be thrown at because Carmona can’t hit his spots! Brett Gardner had an RBI double in the bottom of the 3rd, and an Alex Rodriguez homer in the bottom of the 4th inning gave the Yankees a 6-0 lead heading into the top of the 5th where the Indians finally got on the board to make it 6-1.

A throwing error by Carlos Santana allowed Granderson to score in the 6th, and then the Yankees erupted for 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th thanks in part to back to back doubles by Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez. Outside of a poor performance from Amauri Sanit (0.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER) and 8 walks by all Yankees pitchers, the team won a game that they needed for a while. They played smart baseball and did not rely solely on the long ball. A game like this could help get the offense going and get the team on a hot streak they have needed for a few weeks. Fingers crossed that they can keep this up, and that it wasn’t just a one-game fluke. We know the team is old, but the fact is, they still have talent to get the job done. Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada each collected 3 hits apiece, while Teixeira had 3 RBIs. It was indeed a team effort that we need to see more of for the rest of the season.

Today’s Pitching Match-up
Mitch Talbot (2-2, 4.18ERA)
vs.
Bartolo Colon (4-3, 3.39ERA)

Yankees Starting Line-up

  1. Jeter, SS
  2. Granderson, CF
  3. Teixeira, 1B
  4. Rodriguez, 3B
  5. Cano, 2B
  6. Swisher, RF
  7. Posada, DH
  8. Gardner, LF
  9. Cervelli, C