Sports photos of the week (VIII)

Photo by David J. Phillip/AP

Photo by Ross D. Franklin/AP

As you know, baseball’s second half is underway following a three-day break from action. While only a handful of teams played on Thursday, tonight features a full schedule of American and National League games.

The second half of the MLB season means that the All-Star break has come and gone. Monday night’s Home Run Derby featured eight of the game’s best home run hitters while Tuesday saw the American League face off against the National League in baseball’s 82nd annual All-Star Game.

Two events, two photographs this week. Here we go:

Photo No. 1: New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano poses for a picture after winning the 2011 Home Run Derby on Monday, July 11, 2011. Boston first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was neck-and-neck with Cano all night and used his swing to earn a second-place finish (31 total home runs, 11 in the final round). Cano just barely outdueled Gonzalez by hitting 12 home runs in the final round and ended the night with 32 total blasts. Cano certainly benefited from having his father, Jose, a former major league pitcher, throw to him all night, making the win even more special for father and son.

Photo No. 2: Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers swings at a C.J. Wilson (Texas Rangers) pitch in the fourth inning of the All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Az. Fielder used his power to turn Wilson’s pitch into a three-run homer for the National League. The National League went on to win the contest by a final score of 5-1 thanks in large part to Fielder, who won the game’s MVP award. Nationals pitcher Tyler Clippard earned the win for the NL squad and Giants closer Brian Wilson picked up the save. Come playoff time, home-field advantage in the World Series will belong to the National League for the second year in a row.

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