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All-Star Trumbo set to take big hacks in Derby

All-Star Trumbo set to take big hacks in Derby

All-Star Trumbo set to take big hacks in Derby
TORONTO -- On average, nobody in baseball has hit longer home runs this season than bruising Angels slugger Mark Trumbo.

On July 9, he'll get a chance to show that off at the State Farm Home Run Derby.

Trumbo was selected as a reserve outfielder for the American League All-Star team on Sunday, and on Moday was invited by Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano to participate in the Home Run Derby that will take place the day before.

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Trumbo and Cano will be joined by Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder and Toronto right fielder Joey Bautista.

Trumbo's as good a candidate as there is. He came into Sunday tied for seventh in the AL with 19 home runs -- to go along with a .313 batting average, a .977 OPS and 53 RBIs -- and has used his 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame to crush them an average of 419 feet, which represents the longest distance in the Majors.

For the National League, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp selected the Cardinals' Carlos Beltran, the Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez and the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton.

"I'm going to treat it kind of like a normal batting practice toward the later rounds," said Trumbo, who sought advice from former Angel and 2003 Derby champion Garrett Anderson. "I don't think it's going to be a big adjustment with my swing. I think if I just stay with my approach, I'll be just fine."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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