Yoenis Cespedes back for HR Derby

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American League and National League Home Run Derby captains Jose Bautista ( Toronto Blue Jays) and Troy Tulowitzki ( Colorado Rockies) announced their top three picks for their teams.

Todd Frazier ( Cincinnati Reds), Yasiel Puig ( Los Angeles Dodgers) and Giancarlo Stanton ( Miami Marlins) will represent the National League along with Tulowitzki.

Bautista's squad will include himself as well as reigning derby champ Yoenis Cespedes ( Oakland Athletics), Brian Dozier ( Minnesota Twins) and Adam Jones ( Baltimore Orioles).

An additional fifth member will be named to each team on Thursday.

"Bunch of guys with a lot of power," Tulowitzki said of his team. "More than that, I think they're good guys, got to know them throughout the years."

Stanton is the only player in the National League group that ranks in the top five in the majors in home runs with 21 entering play Tuesday night, but he is the NL-leader in the category.

That means that only one member of the remaining top five home run hitters in the league will be added to Bautista's side. He has a choice of Baltimore's Nelson Cruz (28), the White Sox's Jose Abreu (27), and Detroit's Victor Martinez (21).

Bautista's Toronto teammate Edwin Encarnacion is third in the league with 26 home runs, but is currently on the disabled list. Martinez might also bow out of the running as he's been held out of recent games due to injury.

Fellow Tiger Miguel Cabrera (14) along with Los Angeles Angels phenom Mike Trout (20) have already said they will not participate in the contest which will be held Monday night on ESPN from Minnesota's Target Field.

Stanton, Tulowitzki (18) and Frazier (17) are all in the top five for homers in the National League along with the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo (18) and Philadelphia's Marlon Byrd (18).

Also a possibility for the final NL spot is Tulowitzki's teammate and former Minnesota Twin, Justin Morneau. Morneau is a candidate in the Final Vote to make the All-Star team.

"If he wins that final vote, there's possibly a chance," Tulowitzki said. "I think it would make a story line. Played with the Twins all those years. He's definitely on the list if he makes the team. There are some other guys as well that have lobbied and would be good choices."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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