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Six All-Star players have committed to participate in the 2010 State Farm Home Run Derby, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.

Representing the American League are the Red Sox's David Ortiz, the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, the Yankees' Robinson Cano and the Jays' Vernon Wells.

The two National League participants include the Brewers' Corey Hart and the Cardinals' Matt Holliday.

Ortiz participated in the Home Run Derby each year from 2004-2006. Cabrera took part in the 2006 event, and Holliday competed in 2007. Cano, Hart and Wells will be making their Home Run Derby debuts.

While Cano felt honored that he was asked, Yankees manager Joe Girardi and hitting coach Kevin Long were less than enthused. They understand, they said, there is prestige in the invite, but worried about the impact it could have on Cano's second half.

"Physically, I think is somewhat of a grind," Girardi said.

He added that the decision to participate is solely Cano's.

"I would rather him probably not to do it," Long said. "But I can understand him doing it and the excitement of it. It's a pretty neat honor."

Neither Girardi nor Long spoke with Cano before he agreed to take part in the Derby, which will take place Monday in Anaheim.

Cano gave some leeway that he could decide not to participate.

"We still have five days left," Cano said before Tuesday night's game with the A's.

The remaining competitors will be announced when they have been confirmed.

The Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes, ESPN 3D and ESPN Radio beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 12.

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Before his injury, Heyward was on pace for 30+ HR and 100+ RBI

He hits the ball with so much authority that it amazes vets, teammates, and fans alike in how hard he hits them. And he does it so effortlessly.

Not to mention he has the name recognition (just has to come back strong in the second half or come close in ROY voting).

I would say that is a pretty sturdy limb to cling to.

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Before his injury, Heyward was on pace for 30+ HR and 100+ RBI

He hits the ball with so much authority that it amazes vets, teammates, and fans alike in how hard he hits them. And he does it so effortlessly.

Not to mention he has the name recognition (just has to come back strong in the second half or come close in ROY voting).

I would say that is a pretty sturdy limb to cling to.

Dude. I was making fun of you for really stating the obvious. :P A.K.A. Captain Obvious! ;)

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Cano removed himself at the request of the Yankees

NEW YORK -- Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez has been added to the Home Run Derby during the All-Star break.

The 2009 NL batting champion will participate in his first derby on Monday in Anaheim, Calif. He had 13 home runs entering the Marlins' game Thursday night at Arizona.

Ramirez joins the Milwaukee Brewers' Corey Hart and St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday from the National League. American League representatives include the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz and Toronto Blue Jays' Vernon Wells.

One more player from each league is needed to round out the field.

The All-Star Game is Tuesday night

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