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Stanton to defend HR Derby title short on sleep

11 July 2017

Rookie Aaron Judge, who has seemingly come out of nowhere to lead the majors in home runs with 30, will be Bour's first round opponent. CNHI Sports Boston's baseball writer, Chris Mason, is on hand to write about baseball's annual hitters showcase.

The most evenly-matched matchup in the first round of the Home Run Derby is Minnesota's Miguel Sano (+1000) against Kansas City's Mike Moustakas (+1400).

Marlins Park does not have the short porch in right field like Fenway Park and the field dimensions are very similar to Kauffman Stadium. Bellinger will look to steal the spotlight from Stanton and Judge at this year's MLB Home Run Derby.

Stanton, who before Judge arrived had already established a reputation for smashing majestic, tape-measure drives beyond outfield walls, has 21 roundtrippers this season and had already announced his participation.

Votto won't compete in the 2017 MLB Home Run Derby, which should help Stanton's chances to successfully defend his crown.

Stanton to defend HR Derby title short on sleep
Stanton to defend HR Derby title short on sleep

This time around Giancarlo was selected as an All-Star reserve, entering the break with 26 home runs and 58 RBIs while slashing.277/.357/.542. "Judge is +175 and the No. 2 seed in the Derby, facing the Marlins" seventh seed Justin Bour (+1600). His 30th home run of the season broke a Yankees rookie record that had stood for 81 years. The Yankees slugger now leads the league with 29 home runs.

New York Yankees star Aaron Judge and Miami's Giancarlo Stanton highlight the crop of eight players in Monday's contest.

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge bats during the first inning of baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in New York, Monday, July 3, 2017.

Thirty seconds of bonus time will also be given if a player hits two home runs of 440 feet or more.

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Stanton to defend HR Derby title short on sleep