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Chris Davis, Bryce Harper Swing for the Fences in 2013 Home Run Derby

July 15th, 2013 at 8:33 AM
By Cody Fields

The 2013 Home Run Derby at Citi Field is rife with storylines in both leagues' teams. Here's a brief look at the sluggers featured at this year's All-Star Game festivities that will take place at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

National League:

David Wright, New York Mets: The captain of the NL squad, Wright will obviously get more support from the Mets faithful. Since moving to Citi Field, Wright has only hit 20 homers twice since 2009. He's obviously still a great hitter, but the power is mostly gone from his game. Still, who else would have represented the Mets here?

Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals: Harper missed about a month with a knee injury, but he still has 13 homers in just 58 games. He's by far the youngest in the Home Run Derby at just 20-years-old, adding another accomplishment on his already young career.

Pedro Alavarez, Pittsburgh Pirates: Alvarez hit an already impressive 30 homers last year, but he's already hit 24 this season. Wright surprised many when Alvarez wasn't one of his initial picks, but he gets his chance now by replaced the injured Carlos Gonzalez.

Michael Cuddyer, Colorado Rockies: With probably the best pure hitting season in the group, Cuddyer carries a .330 average and 16 bombs into the Derby. He had a 27-game hitting streak earlier this season.

American League:

Robinson Cano, New York Yankees: Cano was the AL's captain in Kansas City last year and won the Derby in 2011 at Chase Field. 

Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers: Fielder and Ken Griffey, Jr. are the only players to win at least two Home Run Derby titles, and he'll look to join Griffey as the only players with three titles Monday. Fielder has previously won in 2009 in St. Louis and in Kansas City last season.

Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles: It's already been an incredible season for Davis, whose 37 homers before the All-Star break tied an American League record. He's on pace to become the first player to hit 60 homers in a season without "extra help" since Roger Maris in 1961. 

Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland Athletics: Cespedes has struggled to a .225 average this season, but he still has 15 homers while hitting in pitcher-friendly Oakland-Alameda County Stadium.

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Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Bryce Harper, Chris Davis, David Wright, Home Run Derby, Michael Cuddyer, MLB, Prince Fielder, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes

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