Three sluggers who have made the finals of the annual All-Star Home Run Derbywill be back on stage next Monday at Citi Field to try to capture another trophy. To achieve that goal, though, they'll have to fend off a talented group of challengers, including the Major League home run leader. It was announced Monday that American League team captain Robinson Cano chose Orioles first baseman Chris Davis -- who tops the big leagues with 33 long balls -- and Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder to join him on the squad. He left one spot open, saying he was waiting to hear back from his final choice for the AL squad. National League team captain David Wright designated Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper and the Rockies' corner outfielders, Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer, to join him on the Derby team. The 2013 Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Of the three former Derby finalists, Cano and Fielder are the only players to have won the contest. Fielder won last year's event at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium, edging the Blue Jays' Jose Bautista in the final round, for his second crown. He also won it at Busch Stadium in St. Louis in '09. Cano finished first in 2011 at Arizona's Chase Field. Wright came close in '06, finishing second to Philadelphia's Ryan Howard at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Davis, enjoying a breakout season, will be starting in his first All-Star Game after being named on more than 8.2 million ballots, leading all players. He's already matched his previous career high in home runs, set last year. Cano has gone deep 20 times entering Monday's action, and he has averaged 30 a season for the past three years. Fielder has hit at least 30 homers for six straight seasons, including 50 in 2007.
Captains announce HR Derby participants on Monday
MLB.com | Jul 8