Josh Hamilton would consider Derby

Updated: July 4, 2011, 2:37 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton said Sunday that he would consider participating in the 2011 Home Run Derby in Phoenix if asked by American League captain David Ortiz.

Hamilton had said a few weeks ago that he didn't want to take part and risk messing with his swing. But after reading about the new team format for the event, he is thinking about doing it if needed.

"I'd definitely consider it," Hamilton said. "I'm not saying for sure I'd do it, but it would be a fun thing to take part in the first one like that ever with the guys that would be there with you doing it."

Hamilton joked that he'd see what kind of case Ortiz made on the phone if he calls. Ortiz said Sunday he's considering Hamilton.

The Red Sox slugger also said Sunday that he had selected teammate Adrian Gonzalez and Toronto's Jose Bautista as part of his four-man Derby team.

Ortiz said he had spoken with the New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira about being the fourth participant. Teixeira said he would do it if chosen for the All-Star team, but he was not selected.

Besides considering Hamilton, Ortiz said he had spoken to the Yankees' Robinson Cano about taking part.

"The stress is not there like it would be as an individual thing," Hamilton said. "You can go out and take easy swings and not try to kill every ball. You got guys backing you up. It's an interesting and fun situation, so I'm excited about it."

Hamilton hasn't participated in the Home Run Derby since 2008, when he had his memorable performance at Yankee Stadium. Hamilton hit a record 28 home runs in the first round of the competition, including 13 in a row. He had three homers estimated at more than 500 feet, including the third-longest in the history of the event at 518 feet. He ended up losing in the finals to Justin Morneau.

Hamilton was voted a starter in the 2011 All-Star Game on Sunday. It's the fourth straight time fans have voted him to start the game.

Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. Information from ESPNBoston.com's Steve Krasner was used in this report.

Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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