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Justin Morneau, Josh Donaldson added to Home Run Derby

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Justin Morneau and Josh Donaldson have been added to the Home Run Derby.
Justin Morneau and Josh Donaldson have been added to the Home Run Derby. (USATSI)

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Justin Morneau of the Rockies has been added to the NL team while Josh Donaldson of the Athletics has joined the AL team to round out the field for the 2014 Home Run Derby.

The Home Run Derby will take place as part of the All-Star Game festivities in Minnesota's Target Field this coming Monday.

The teams:

NL: Troy Tulowitzki (captain), Giancarlo Stanton, Yasiel Puig, Todd Frazier, Justin Morneau
AL: Jose Bautista (captain), Yoenis Cespedes (defending champ), Brian Dozier, Adam Jones and Josh Donaldson.

So there are two guys with strong Minnesota ties, as Morneau spent the first 11 years of his career with the Twins and Dozier is currently playing for them.

The A's have two entrants, including the defending champion. Cespedes isn't the only former champ, though, as Morneau won in 2008 (aka "the Josh Hamilton year" in Yankee Stadium).

Stanton leads the majors in average distance per home run while Puig isn't too far behind and Frazier has a pretty underrated power bat. And, of course, we can't forget about how much power Bautista has.

In all, should be a fun event. I'll take the NL, though.

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