KANSAS CITY (WTVB) Tiger’s first baseman Prince Fielder last night showed off his power again at the Home Run Derby. Fielder smashed 12 homers in the final round to seven for Toronto's Jose Bautista to win the competition for a second time. Fielder, the 2009 Home Run Derby champion and All-Star Game MVP in 2011, both times representing Milwaukee, became the first player to win the derby for both leagues. Fielder, who was entered in his fourth derby, smashed a total of 28 home runs last night in Kansas City, including a shot of 476 feet, the longest of the night. The 12 homers in the final round equaled the record hit last year by the defending derby champion, New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (ka-NO’). As expected, Detroit ace Justin Verlander was named yesterday to be the starting pitcher for the American League in tonight’s All-Star game at Kaufmann Stadium. San Francisco’s Matt Cain, who tossed a perfect game earlier this season, will start for the National League.
Verlander, the reigning American League Cy Young award winner and League MVP, was slated to start the annual showcase last summer but was ineligible to participate because he started the Sunday before. Verlander, who is making his fifth All-Star appearance, is 9-5 with a 2.58 ERA over 18 starts this season and has tossed a career-high five complete games, including one shutout. Also on the American League squad as a reserve is Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera.