NEW YORK (AP) -- Jose Bautista and Troy Tulowitzki have announced
three members of their respective teams for Monday night's Home Run
Derby at Target Field.
Joining Bautista on the American League team are Oakland's Yoenis
Cespedes, who was last year's Derby winner, Baltimore's Adam Jones and
Brian Dozier of the host Twins.
Tulowitzki will have Miami's Giancarlo Stanton, who entered Tuesday
leading the National League in homers, the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig and
Cincinnati's Todd Frazier on his side.
"Bunch of guys with a lot of power," Tulowitzki said. "More than
that, I think they're good guys, got to know them throughout the years."
The final competitor in each league will be announced on Thursday.
Justin Morneau, Tulowitzki's teammate with the Rockies who began his
career with the Twins, is a possibility for the last NL selection.
Morneau is one of five candidates in the online vote for the final spot
on the NL 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."
Tulowitzki said he is not sure if Morneau would want to participate in the Derby if he is not selected for the All-Star team.
The Derby will have a new format this year. There will be a maximum
of seven outs per round and bracketed play after the first round. The
player who hits the most home runs in each league in the first round
will receive a bye to the third round.
The next two players from each league with the most home runs will
meet in a head-to-head matchup in the second round. The winners of these
matchups will advance to the third round. The final round will feature
those winners going head to head.