- Andrew Marchand, ESPNNewYork.com
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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.
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.
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.
While 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.