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Matt Kemp wants Giancarlo Stanton on his HR Derby team

     Giancarlo Stanton could make his first trip to the All-Star Game in Kansas City on merit alone as a member of the N.L. team. Stanton is having an All-Star caliber season.

    Stanton  But even if he doesn't land on the N.L. squad for the "Midsummer Classic" on July 10, it appears Stanton could be making the trip to K.C. anyway. That's because the Dodgers' Matt Kemp, who has been picked as captain of the N.L. Home Run Derby team, said he wants the Marlins' big bopper participating in the slugging exhibition the day before the All-Star Game.

     Kemp mentioned Stanton -- whom he referred to as "Mike" during an ESPN broadcast today -- and Dodgers teammate Andre Ethier as two players he'd like to have on his Home Run Derby team of four.

     ESPN's John Kruk wholeheartedly agreed with the choice.

     "You have to have him," Kruk said of Stanton. "The guy hits the ball 890 feet."