Home Run Derby 2013: Bryce Harper, Chris Davis picked for annual derby
The Battle of the Beltways will manifest itself into a different type of competition next week - the annual Major League Baseball Home Run Derby.
Both Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis were selected by their respective league captains to participate in the annual slugging competition, which will take place next Monday at Citi Field in New York.
The Home Run Derby serves as a prelude to the MLB All-Star Game, which will be held next Tuesday.
Despite missing more than a month of action due to knee bursitis, Harper has 13 home runs in 75 games so far this season for the Nationals, whose recent surge has them back in the thick of the NL East hunt.
This will be Harper's second straight trip to the Midsummer Classic; his first as a starter.
Davis, though, has been a showstopper and a prohibitive MVP candidate in the American League. The six-year veteran, who's in his 3rd season with the Orioles, has 33 home runs so far this season, matching his total for the entire 2012 campaign.
He and American League captain Robinson Cano will be joined by 2012 Derby champion Prince Fielder and a spot to be determined, potentially by the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera and his 28 home runs.
The National League side consists of Harper, captain David Wright of the New York Mets and Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer, both of the Colorado Rockies.
Cano (2011) and Fielder (2012) are both previous Home Run Derby champions.