Justin Morneau didn't make the All-Star roster, but Target Field will be his launching pad once again.
The former Twins and current Rockies first baseman was selected on Thursday as one of the final participants in the Home Run Derby. Monday will be Morneau's first appearance at Target Field since the Twins traded the four-time All Star to the Pirates. He's fifth all-time with 20 home runs at Target Field.
Morneau elected to participate in the Home Run Derby after he failed to crack the All-Star roster in the league's Final Vote fan competition. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo defeated Morneau, Braves outfielder Justin Upton, Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee and Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon in the National League with 8.8 million votes for his first All-Star selection.
Along with Morneau, Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson was the final Home Run Derby selection for the American League. They will join Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, Athletics outfielder and defending Home Run Derby champion Yoenis Cespedes, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, Reds third baseman Todd Frazier and Orioles outfielder Adam Jones as the 10 participants.
White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale won the American League Fan Vote competition for his second All-Star selection. He defeated Tigers starting pitcher Rick Porcello, Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber, Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel and Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards with 6.7 million votes.
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