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Stanton: Cespedes one to beat in HR Derby

PHOENIX -- While many are picking Giancarlo Stanton to win the Home Run Derby, Stanton said he feels Yoenis Cespedes of the A's is the one to beat.

"He won last year, so I'd say him," Stanton said of Cespedes, who will be attempting to become the first back-to-back winner of the home run competition since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1998-99.

The field for Monday's Derby at Target Field in Minneapolis was announced Tuesday. In addition to Stanton, the National League field will include the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, Reds' Todd Frazier and Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki, who is the team captainOver on the American League side, the lineup consists of Cespedes, the Orioles' Adam Jones, Twins' Brian Dozier and Blue Jays' Jose Bautista.

One more player from each league will be added to the Derby field on Thursday.

Most of the national focus for the event appears to be focused on Stanton.

"If I didn't get this guy to participate, I'd be in trouble," Tulowitzki said of Stanton on ESPN.


A few notes:

-- A.J. Ramos (right shoulder inflammationis expected to throw bullpens on Tuesday and Thursday and, if everything goes well, will pitch Monday, most likely in Jupiter. Ramos is eligible to come off the DL on Sunday, but Redmond said the Marlins will probably wait until after the All-Star break to activate him.

-- Rafael Furcal (left hamstring strain) is beginning to jog again.

-- All-Star talk aside, Casey McGehee is on a roll at the plate. He takes a 14-game hitting streak into tonight's game against the Diamondbacks. His 21-game road hitting streak ranks second on the Marlins' all-time list behind Luis Castillo's 27-gamer in 2002. And he's reached base in 31 consecutive games, which is the third-longest streak this season by a National Leaguer, behind only Carlos Gomez (35 games) and Puig (33).