KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It’s too bad home runs on the final day before the All-Star Break don’t count toward Monday night’s Home Run Derby.
If they did, Pittsburg Pirates slugger Andrew McCutchen would have the early lead.
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The Pirates outfielder hit two home runs in his team’s 13-2 win over the Giants Sunday.
"I am not going up to bat to hit home runs," McCutchen, who enters the break on a 21-38 tear and multi-hit games in six of his last nine, said after the game. "I am just trying to put good swings on balls and when I do that, depending on where the pitch is and how my swing is, some balls go out."
But he’s not the only one who got an early start to the home run festivities.
Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder hit his 15th homer of the season in a 7-1 victory over the Royals.
And Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo added his 22nd home run in a 6-0 victory over Baltimore.
Fielder and Trumbo join sluggers Jose Bautista (Toronto) and team captain Robinson Cano (New York Yankees) on the American League team.
Bautista leads the Major Leagues with 27 home runs at the All-Star Break and Cano, who has taken some heat locally for not picking Royals DH Billy Butler for the team, comes into the Derby on a 15-game hitting streak.
McCutchen is joined on the National League team by NL RBI leader Carlos Beltran (St. Louis), Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado) and team captain Sean Kemp, who has been out with an injury and hasn’t played since May 30.
The Home Run Derby is Monday night at 7 p.m. It will be broadcast live on ESPN.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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