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Detroit represented in Home Run Derby tonight

Joe Shermetaro

Detroit represented in Home Run Derby tonight

CREATED Jul. 9, 2012

Prince Fielder will take part in his fourth Home Run Derby tonight, first time as a Detroit Tiger.  Fielder won the event in 2009 after hitting a total of 23 home runs.

Fielder is the first Tiger to take part in the event since Miguel Cabrera finished fourth in 2009.

Fielder has 15 homeruns on the year to go with his 63 RBI’s.  Fielder will also be starting in the All-Star Game on Tuesday at first base.

Detroit has had a total of eight participants in the derby but never had a winner.  The closest they came was in 2005 when the derby was at Comerica Park and Ivan Rodriguez finished second behind Bobby Abreu.

Also appearing in the Home Run Derby tonight for the American League will be captain of the squad, Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees..  Cano, who won the event last year, chose Fielder, Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays, and Mark Trumbo of the Los Angeles Angels.

For the National League, captain Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers chose Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals, Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburg Pirates, and Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies.

The derby gets under way tonight at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

Prediction - Jose Bautista takes home the trophy thanks to Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium not being very left-handed friendly.  Bautista, a right handed hitter, will beat out the likes of Fielder and Cano because they are both left handed.

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