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By The Associated Press
Monday, June 23, 2014, 8:30 p.m.

The Blue Jays' Jose Bautista and the Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki will be the captains for the Home Run Derby at the All-Star game.

The event will be July 14 at Target Field, the night before the showcase game in Minneapolis.

Bautista will pick the other four members of the American League team for the derby. Tulowitzki will invite four players for the National League side.

Bautista is a two-time major league home run champion. Tulowitzki has hit at least 25 homers in three of the past four seasons.

Davis, benched by O's, wins game

Orioles slugger Chris Davis has tried about everything to break out of his lengthy hitting slump.

Extra batting practice and intensive video study haven't worked. A seat in the dugout seemed to provide the Baltimore star time come up with the solution.

He came up with a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Orioles over the White Sox on Monday.

But Davis wasn't in the game's starting lineup. Manager Buck Showalter explained the move as an effort to get Delmon Young playing time, but Davis knew better.

Davis said it's probably because he hadn't been hitting.

Nats' Harper to start rehab assignment

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was scheduled to start a minor league rehab assignment at Class A Potomac for his injured left thumb.

Nationals manager Matt Williams said the plan was for Harper to play three innings in left field and get a couple at-bats.

He was expected to play all three outfield positions while on rehab. He could return around July 1.

The 2012 NL Rookie of the Year was hitting .289 with a homer and nine RBIs before injuring his thumb on a headfirst slide into third base. He was placed on the disabled list April 27.

Around the league

The Rockies placed former Pirates catcher Michael McKenry on the bereavement list and selected the contract of catcher Jackson Williams from Triple-A Colorado Springs. ... Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was out of the starting lineup for Cincinnati's game against the Cubs on Monday because of a bruised right heel. ... The Blue Jays placed infielder Brett Lawrie on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken right index finger. Lawrie is expected to miss three to six weeks. ... The Cardinals recalled right-hander Eric Fornataro and infielder Pete Kozma from Triple-A Memphis to fill the roster spots of injured pitchers Michael Wacha and Jamie Garcia. ... Three Rays players took batting practice against a female high school knuckleballer before Monday night's game against the Pirates.

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