OAKLAND -- Yoenis Cespedes will be back to defend his title in the annual Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game. The event will take place July 14 in Minnesota, where the game is being played the next night.
Manager Bob Melvin said he had mixed feelings about Cespedes defending his title. Past participants have had their second-half production fall off, and blame has fallen on the number of swings participants take during the course of the event.
"You get nervous over the number of swings,'' he said. "But you're also happy they get to compete in it.''
Josh Donaldson said he has not yet heard if he'll be able to take part in the Home Run Derby. He'd like to, but his participation may depend on the health of other candidates.