Moose ready for Derby (ESPN, 7 CT)

July 9th, 2017

LOS ANGELES -- After belting a career-high 25 homers before the All-Star break, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas heads to Miami for tonight's T-Mobile Home Run Derby. Watch it live on ESPN at 7 p.m. CT.

Moustakas joins Marlins outfielder and 2016 winner , Yankees catcher and rookie outfielder , Dodgers rookie , Twins third baseman , Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon and Marlins first baseman in the competition.

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Moustakas, who set a Royals record for most home runs before the break, is the No. 4 seed and will face No. 5 seed Sano, who has hit 21 long balls this season, in the first round. The winner will face either Stanton or Sanchez in the second round.

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"It's going to be a lot of fun," Moustakas said. "You got Bellinger, you got Judge, you got Stanton, Sano. Everybody can hit some homers, so it'll be fun to watch, especially this year. It'll be cool."

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Sano added: "I'm so happy for [Moustakas] because he was named an All-Star [winning the American League Final Vote], too. I'm really excited to compete against a person I know and have played against a lot. I need to go there and do the best I can."

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Moustakas will be the third Royal to participate in the competition, joining Bo Jackson (1989) and Danny Tartabull ('91).