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Baseball notebook: Cano heads Derby field

All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano was one of six players picked Tuesday to participate in the Home Run Derby on Monday in Anaheim. Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, Boston’s David Ortiz and Toronto’s Vernon Wells were also selected in the American League, while Milwaukee’s Corey Hart and St. Louis’ Matt Holliday will participate for the National League Two more N.L. players still need to be picked.

A-Rod giving back

Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to attend a fundraiser for a foundation that educates youth about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs.

Rodriguez has worked with the Taylor Hooton Foundation since he admitted to steroid use last year. The organization honors the memory of 17-year-old Taylor Hooten who committed suicide in 2003 after he may have become depressed when he stopped using steroids.

Strasburg OKs voting

Stephen Strasburg says he’s not feeling snubbed.

The Washington Nationals rookie pitcher said he understands why he was left off the All-Star team and that he isn’t ready for the midsummer classic yet.

“You look at the guys who are going to the All-Star Game and the years that they’ve had – and they’ve done that since opening day,” Strasburg said.

Clearing the bases

Milwaukee placed right-hander Yovani Gallardo on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain and reinstated lefty Doug Davis from the DL. Davis had been on the DL since May 16 with inflammation around his heart. … Jose Reyes returned to the New York Mets’ lineup, going 2 for 4 with a run scored Tuesday. … The Cincinnati Reds have put right-hander Aaron Harang on the 15-day DL and promoted lefty Matt Maloney to start against the New York Mets. Maloney took the loss Tuesday. … The Baltimore Orioles placed starter Kevin Millwood on the 15-day DL with forearm soreness and activated OF Felix Pie. … Cardinals right-hander Brad Penny was sent back to St. Louis after experiencing tightness in his right arm.

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