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Mauer's got power, and he'll be in home run derby


AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joe Mauer's power has earned him a place in baseball's home run derby.

Mauer on Friday accepted an invitation to participate in the popular All-Star week event, this Monday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

The Minnesota catcher has two AL batting titles and leads the league in hitting again this summer. This year, he has added a power stroke. Mauer has a career-high 15 home runs in his first 61 games since coming off the disabled list.

Twins first baseman Justin Morneau won the derby last season, but he preferred to rest this time and declined to take part.

Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and Adrian Gonzalez have been named as the National League participants. The rest of the AL lineup has not yet been announced.

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