KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Already with a crowd and perhaps a city against him, Robinson Cano turned to his dad for salvation. It didn't help.
After frustrating Royals fans by not picking hometown favorite Billy Butler to participate in Monday's Home Run Derby, the Yankees second baseman and American League Derby captain became the lone contestant not to hit at least one home run. It was a far cry from last season, when Cano, receiving pitches from his father Jose, won the contest and the hearts of fans around the nation.
Jose Cano was on the mound again Monday, but he didn't bring his magic pitching touch to the Midwest. And the Kauffman Stadium crowd loved every minute of it.
Cano originally pledged to pick a Royal for the Derby since it was in Kansas City. But he eventually decided against it, a move that didn't sit well with Royals fans.
Even before Cano batted, the crowd chanted, "Billy Butler! Billy Butler!" in reference to the Kansas City All-Star, and then alternated loud bo...