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Mark Trumbo wants in on the Home Run Derby

Mark Trumbo wants in on the Home Run Derby
Orioles' Mark Trumbo follows through on a two-run double against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Baltimore. (Gail Burton / AP)

Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo, who was selected to play in the All-Star Game for the second time in his career, said he would be interested in participating in the annual Home Run Derby.

Trumbo is tied for the major league lead with an AL best 24 homers this season, his first with the Orioles.

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Trumbo said he hasn't been asked about participating in the derby. Under the current format, one player in each league is designated as a captain and he chooses the participants.

"I guess it's a possibility," Trumbo said. "I haven't heard anything yet, but I have interest. And if it works out, I think it would be a lot of fun."

Trumbo participated in the Home Run Derby in 2012, his only previous trip to the All-Star Game, and finished third, losing to Jose Bautista in a swing-off for a trip to the final round. In that derby, Trumbo hit 13 homers over the first two rounds, which was tied with Bautista for second-most.

Third baseman Manny Machado participated in the derby last year, and despite not advancing out of the first round, he put on a memorable power display, hitting 12 homers but bested by Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson's 13 homers.

Adam Jones participated in the derby in 2014 and Chris Davis was in the 2013 derby.

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