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Cabrera wants to play Home Run Derby

Cabrera wants to play Home Run Derby

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SAN DIEGO -- Miguel Cabrera makes it clear that he wants to compete in the Home Run Derby. Apparently, Major League Baseball has mutual interest.

The Marlins slugger on Monday received a phone call from the league office regarding the State Farm Home Run Derby. However, Cabrera missed the call, and his return phone call went unanswered.

"If they ask me, I'll do it," Cabrera said.

On Sunday, Cabrera was selected to his fourth straight All-Star Game. The lone Marlins representative competed in the Home Run Derby at Pittsburgh in 2006. He finished third in the competition, won by Philadelphia's Ryan Howard.

The Home Run Derby will take place on July 9 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, one day before the All-Star Game.

The Marlins opened a four-game series at San Diego on Monday. Entering the game, Cabrera had 17 home runs and 57 RBIs to go along with a .329 batting average.

The 24-year-old Cabrera was promoted to the big leagues in June 2003, and he has 121 MLB home runs, which is fourth all-time in Marlins history. Cabrera is one behind Gary Sheffield (122) for third place in team history.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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