Swisher, Young added to Derby

Updated: July 11, 2010, 1:20 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

SEATTLE -- Though the Yankees told second baseman Robinson Cano not to participate in the Home Run Derby, the team has granted right fielder Nick Swisher permission to be involved in Monday's competition.

The Diamondbacks' Chris Young will also take part in the slugging exhibition at Angel Stadium, Major League Baseball announced Saturday.

Nick Swisher
AP Photo/John FroschauerHours after being added to the Home Run Derby roster, Nick Swisher went deep in Seattle.

Swisher, who picked up the last American League All-Star slot by winning the fan voting, entered Saturday's game with the Mariners with 14 homers, a .304 batting average and 48 RBIs.

Swisher said he was asked on Saturday morning to hit in the Derby. He immediately called Yankees manager Joe Girardi, general manager Brian Cashman and hitting coach Kevin Long. They all gave Swisher the go-ahead.

"I'm already nervous," Swisher said.

The Yankees are a tad anxious as well. Long said that Swisher guaranteed him he will not change his swing.

"He promised he won't add on," Long said.

Does Long believe him?

"Do you believe half the stuff he comes up with?" Long said, laughing.

Swisher will join an American League field that includes Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Vernon Wells.

Young will be with Matt Holliday, Corey Hart and Hanley Ramirez for the NL.

Long isn't betting against Swisher.

"It seems like everything he has touched has turned to gold," Long said. "So maybe he'll win the thing."

Swisher is certainly hoping, as he thinks the spotlight may shine even brighter for the Derby than the actual game.

"It is like the slam dunk contest," Swisher said.

Girardi wants him to be careful, but gave him the green light.

"I said, 'Go ahead, have fun with it,'" Girardi said.

Andrew Marchand covers baseball for ESPNNewYork.com. You can follow him on Twitter. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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