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Detroit Tigers Prince Fielder Win’s Second Home Run Derby

Dilip Vishwanat, Getty Images
Dilip Vishwanat, Getty Images

For the second time in four years, Prince Fielder is the champion of the Home Run Derby. The Detroit Tigers first baseman defeated Toronto’s Jose Bautista, the current major league home run leader (tied with the Rangers Josh Hamilton) with 27, to win the final round 12-7.

The Detroit slugger joined Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players to win multiple titles.

”Just being mentioned with him is real special,” said Fielder. ”My dad would let me go over and play video games all day. He always took care of me when I was a kid.”

Griffey won titles in 1994 at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium, 1998 at Denver’s Coors Field and 1999 at Boston’s Fenway Park.

When Fielder won three years ago in St. Louis, his 23 home runs included a 503-foot shot that disappeared between two sections of bleachers in right-center.

”I’m a little disappointed,” Bautista said. ”I’m capable of doing more. I had a lot of fun doing it.”

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