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Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge Skipping Home Run Derby

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Two of the most entertaining entrants, and former winners of the MLB Home Run Derby won’t be coming back to reclaim their crown at this year’s All-Star festivities.

New York Yankee outfilelders Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton won’t be stepping up to the plate for this year’s competition, according to Pete Caldera of NorthJersey.com.

“I don’t think so,” Stanton said on Sunday about entering the competition. “Don’t want to; I’ve done it plenty of times. Take a year off, take two years off, if I want.”

“This year we’ve got something special going. I kind of said I’m not going…and I want to stay healthy,” Judge said.

While Judge was named a starter for the American League All-Star unit, Stanton is hoping that he will be named to the reserves, with Judge championing for his selection.

“After a slow start, I kept pushing and I still have some more to do; it would be great to be voted in,” Stanton said, according to the New York Post’s Kevin Kernan. “You have to keep fighting until you can’t. I’m not going to have the opportunity to be here forever, so that’s what I always say. As long as I can work, I will try to get better. Keep pushing.”

“I got a long list of reasons why people should vote for him,” Judge said of Stanton. “Just the type of player he is. How his consistent at-bats as of late, the home run numbers. He’s getting on base. He’s moving guys over. He’s doing all the things that warrant being an All-Star.”

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Red Sox Designate Blake Swihart, Bring Back Sandy Leon

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The Boston Red Sox are bringing back catcher Sandy Leon.

Boston has designated catcher Blake Swihart for assignment, according to WEEI.com’s Evan Drellich.

According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, catcher Sandy Leon will be heading back to the Red Sox roster.

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Yankees Place Greg Bird on IL

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The New York Yankees have once again had to place first baseman Greg Bird on the injured list, something Bird has been on for the majority of his career,

Bird was placed on the injured list with a left plantar fascia tear, and Bird joins an alarmingly expanding injured list for the Yanks.

In corresponding moves, the Yankees shifted Jacoby Ellsbury to the 6-day IL and selected the contract of first baseman Mike Ford, according to an official team announcement.

Bird may done with the Yankees, as his career has been riddled by injuries and he has struggled at the plate this season.

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Indians’ Francisco Lindor To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is set to being his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus, according to MLB.com’s Mandy Bell.

Lindor is returning from a calf strain and a high left ankle sprain, which has kept him out of the start of the 2019 season.

Lindor is one of baseball’s most promising young stars and is coming off an MVP caliber season in 2018.

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