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No HR Derby for Trout, Cabrera, Cruz

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 07 2014 09:57:41 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 07 2014 04:14:23 PM CDT
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

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Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera and Nelson Cruz have taken themselves out of consideration for this year's Home Run Derby.

Trout, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels and Tigers first baseman Cabrera said Sunday they will enjoy watching this year. Cruz, the Orioles' designated hitter, declined an invitation on Monday, according to MLB Network Radio.

"I think the best thing for me is to watch from the side," Cruz said. "I want to stay in shape and make sure I'm ready for every game."

Cruz is hitting .290 with 27 homers and 71 RBIs.

Cabrera and Cruz said they were asked to participate by American League captain Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Cabrera participated in 2006 and 2010. He and Trout have finished 1-2 in the past two MVP votes.

Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes are among those wanting a spot in this year's Derby.

Stanton missed the 2012 Derby because of last-minute arthroscopic knee surgery, and he wasn't picked by last year's NL Derby captain, David Wright.

Cespedes hopes to defend his title.

The Home Run Derby is July 14 at Target Field in Minneapolis, followed the next day by the All-Star Game.

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