2011 Home Run Derby Tracker
SI.com's Ted Keith will break down all of the action at Chase Field tonight.
 
Championship: Most Homers From This Round Wins
PlayerChampionship Round HRLongest HR
Robinson Cano
New York Yankees, 2B
2011: 15 HRs
Career: 131 HRs
 12 472
Adrian Gonzalez
Boston Red Sox, 1B
2011: 17 HRs
Career: 185 HRs
 11 446
Keith's Take: It is both Robinson Cano's curse and his blessing that he makes everything he does look easy. Even when staring at a serious mountain in the finals against Adrian Gonzalez -- Cano needed to set a new finals record of 12 to beat Gonzalez, who had matched the existing record of 11 -- the Yankees second baseman appeared to be the picture of calm. He wasted little time putting himself in position to catch Gonzalez by hitting eight home runs with his first four outs, and he didn't even need his final four outs to get to number 12. The walk-off home run that won Cano the title wasn't nearly as impressive as most of the 31 that preceded it (including the tying 11th, which soared 472 feet, tying his own mark for second-longest on the night) but the overall performance certainly was. With his father, Jose, a former minor-league pitcher, feeding him one perfect pitch after another, Cano capped a tremendous night by becoming the third Yankee to win the Home Run Derby and the first since Jason Giambi nine years ago.
 
Round 2: Two Highest Totals Advance
PlayerRound 2 HRTotal HRLongest HR
Robinson Cano
New York Yankees, 2B
2011: 15 HRs
Career: 131 HRs
 12 20 458
Adrian Gonzalez
Boston Red Sox, 1B
2011: 17 HRs
Career: 185 HRs
 11 20 452
Prince Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers, 1B
2011: 22 HRs
Career: 214 HRs
 4 9 474
David Ortiz
Boston Red Sox, DH
2011: 19 HRs
Career: 368 HRs
 4 9 456
Keith's Take: 1949. 1978. 2003. 2004. To the list of titanic Yankees-Red Sox clashes, we now get to add one more: Adrian Gonzalez vs. Robinson Cano for the 2011 Home Run Derby title! OK, so maybe this is nothing for Aaron Boone to go all bleepin' crazy over, or for Curt Schilling to rend his bloody garments but it should at least make ESPN happy now that stars of two of the game's most popular teams have made it to the third and final round -- and, one can only hope, the third and final hour -- of the Derby.

There were no need for swing-offs this round, though with a Yankee and a Red Sox going head-to-head, perhaps we'll have a dance-off, Jets and Sharks style. Cano made the first statement, ripping one moonshot after another in a bid to intimidate the rest of the field (which may have worked; David Ortiz and Prince Fielder went gently into that good night after watching Cano's fireworks) and to get a deal hawking G Series products, after he smoked the signage for the energy drink for the second straight round. Gonzalez answered by lashing homers on 9 of 10 swings to equal Cano's two-round output of 20 and set up the finals matchup.

 
Round 1: Top Four Advance
PlayerTotal HRLongest HR
Adrian Gonzalez
Boston Red Sox, 1B
2011: 17 HRs
Career: 185 HRs
 9 447
Robinson Cano
New York Yankees, 2B
2011: 15 HRs
Career: 131 HRs
 8 472
Prince Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers, 1B
2011: 22 HRs
Career: 214 HRs
 5* 452
David Ortiz
Boston Red Sox, DH
2011: 19 HRs
Career: 368 HRs
 5* 452
Matt Holliday
St. Louis Cardinals, OF
2011: 14 HRs
Career: 194 HRs
 5 443
Jose Bautista
Toronto Blue Jays, OF
2011: 31 HRs
Career: 144 HRs
 4 412
Rickie Weeks
Milwaukee Brewers, 2B
2011: 17 HRs
Career: 106 HRs
 3 427
Matt Kemp
Los Angeles Dodgers, OF
2011: 22 HRs
Career: 111 HRs
 2 427
*Advanced in a swing-off

Keith's Take: It began with a whimper, but by the time it was over there were plenty of bangs. The first swing of the first round of the 2011 HR Derby, by the AL's Adrian Gonzalez, resulted in a dribbler that didn't even reach the mound, but Gonzalez soon rectified that embarrassment by hitting a first-round-leading nine homers. Robinson Cano had eight, but if extra points were awarded for distance, Cano would be way in front. He hit the two longest homers so far, the farthest of which flew 472 feet. Those two AL sluggers were joined by Derby captains and two most recent Derby champions David Ortiz and Prince Fielder, who ousted Matt Holliday in a swing-off.

Of the dearly departed, Jose Bautsita proved he clearly is a fluke by only hitting four, Rickie Weeks surprised exactly no one by failing to advance, and Matt Kemp provided some unexpected drama by waiting until his last out to hit his two home runs, much to his great relief. On to Round 2.

 

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