2011 Home Run Derby: Robinson Cano Edges Adrian Gonzalez, Wins Derby

Robinson Cano hit a derby record 12 home runs in the final round to claim the 2011 Home Run Derby title, edging out Adrian Gonzalez, who hit 11 long balls in the closing round.

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2011 Home Run Derby: Robinson Cano Edges Adrian Gonzalez, Wins Derby

Robinson Cano hit a derby record 12 home runs in the final round to claim the 2011 Home Run Derby title, edging out Adrian Gonzalez, who hit 11 long balls in the closing round.

Gonzalez led all batters with nine home runs in the first round, while Cano was a close second with eight homers. David Ortiz, Matt Holliday and Prince Fielder each hit five home runs in the opening round, Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp were the low men, hitting three and two home runs, respectively.

Ortiz and Fielder advanced to the second round over Holliday in the three-way tiebreaker, which was decided by five swings per batter. Fielder hit five home runs in as many swings while Ortiz belted four homers.

Gonzalez smashed 11 homers in the second round, but was outdone by Cano, who hit 12 in the middle round. Ortiz and Fielder were eliminated, as both managed only four homers a piece in the round.

Cano finished the day with 32 home runs while Gonzalez had 31 and Ortiz hit nine.

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2011 Home Run Derby: David Ortiz, Adrian Gonzalez Advance To 2nd Round

David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez both advanced to the second round of the 2011 Home Run Derby at Chase Field in Arizona on Monday night. Ortiz hit five in the first round and added four more in a swing-off to break a three-way tie while Gonzalez hit a derby-leading nine long balls in the opening round.

Ortiz and Gonzalez will face Prince Fielder and Robinson Cano in the second round. Fielder hit five in his first showing and added five more in the tie-breaking round while Cano hit eight homers.

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2011 Home Run Derby: David Ortiz Hits Five Home Runs In First Round

David Ortiz managed just five home runs in the first round of the 2011 Home Run Derby at Chase Field in Arizona on Monday night. Ortiz, the captain of the American League squad, has hit 19 home runs for the Red Sox this season.

Ortiz' teammate, Adrian Gonzalez, hit nine home runs in the first round and is the current leader in the derby. Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees is second with three, Matt Holliday hit three and Jose Bautista had three long balls in the first round. Matt Kemp was the low man, hitting just two home runs.

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2011 Home Run Derby: Adrian Gonzalez Hits Nine HRs In First Round

Adrian Gonzalez led off the 2011 Home Run Derby in style, blasting nine home runs in the first round. Gonzalez started slowly with two quick outs, but rebounded to post a respectable total in his opening at-bat.

Gonzalez has hit 17 home runs through 89 games with the Boston Red Sox this season. He is batting .354 with 77 RBI and 64 runs in his first season in Boston.

David Ortiz, the captain of the AL derby team, hasn't stepped up to the plate yet.

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2011 Home Run Derby: David Ortiz, Jose Bautista, Adrian Gonzalez Look To Give American League Another Victory

Barring unforeseen circumstances, the Boston Red Sox will hit the most home runs in the 2011 Home Run Derby, presented by State Farm. 

Barring extremely unforeseen circumstances, they'll also take the lead for most home runs by members of a team in the Derby, all-time. 

St. Louis (95) has that lead currently, and with Matt Holliday participating in the event, it's likely they'll increase that total, but with Boston's David Ortiz and Adrian Gonzalez both taking part, there's a pretty good chance that Boston, which has 92 home runs from 8 participants to date, could best whatever St. Louis gets. 

In an interesting subplot, the Milwaukee Brewers also have two horses in the race - captain Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks. Both Boston and Milwaukee have sent 8 men to the Home Run Derby, although Milwaukee only has 57 dingers in the event's history. 

Of course, the goal is to win - it's an individual competition, and there's no doubt that any matter of Gonzalez, Ortiz, Jose Bautista (Toronto Blue Jays) or the New York Yankees' Robinson Cano would like to win it for the American League. 

Ortiz won the event last year, but the Home Run Derby hasn't had a back-to-back winner since Ken Griffey, Jr. in 1998 (Coors Field, Denver) and 1999 (Fenway Park). 

In an interesting turn, the American League Derby team isn't American at all - Ortiz, Cano and Bautista are all from the Dominican Republic, while Gonzalez is a native Mexican. The National League team of Fielder and Weeks, the Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Holliday? All American. 

The Home Run Derby is live on ESPN on Monday night at 8 PM. 

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