Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 7/15/13
12 p.m. ET: Robinson Cano and Prince Fielder both have the chance to become the third player in major league history to win multiple home run derbies, but the sluggers will have to defeat a tough lineup of power hitters — including each other —  if one of them plans on making history Monday night. Cano, the American League captain, chose Fielder, Chris Davis and Yoenis Cespedes to suit up for the AL, while National League captain David Wright chose Bryce Harper, Michael Cuddyer and Pedro Alvarez to make up his team. At first glance, the American League has the bigger bats with Cano (2011 Home Run Derby champion), Fielder (2012 champion), Davis (MLB-leading 37 home runs at All-Star break) and Cespedes. Cano and Fielder are already seasoned Home Run Derby veterans, Davis is knocking the laces out of every ball he hits, and Cespedes has deceptive power that is capable of winning a derby, so it seems almost certain that the crowned champion will come from the AL. The National League roster just doesn’t have the star power — or bat power, for that matter. To put things in perspective, Davis has more home runs on the season than Wright, Harper and Cuddyer combined. Alvarez has displayed decent power numbers on the season for the Pirates, knocking 24 balls into the bleachers thus far, but the big stage and New York lights might shine too bright for this Home Run Derby rookie. The countdown to the fireworks starts now. The show begins in eight hours.
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