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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Hamilton didn't want to risk injury in Derby

By Richard Durrett

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton admits that he was tempted to grab a bat and take some big swings as he watched the Home Run Derby participants. But he said he made the smart call in not accepting a Derby invitation this year.

"Stranger things have happened, especially with me," Hamilton said in the clubhouse prior to the All-Star Game. "I've been injury prone in the past and I want to be here for the second half of the season. I don't want to pull a muscle in my back or anything like that. I had a lot of my teammates tell me they appreciate me not doing it. They complimented me on making a mature decision."

Hamilton, who watched part of last night's Derby with his kids, said it was different in 2008.

"It was my first All-Star Game, first time being asked and we weren't really in the race for anything," Hamilton said.

So will Hamilton's 2008 Yankee Stadium moment of 28 homers be the first and only time he does the Derby?

"I like, just as much as the next guy, to see how far I can hit a ball," Hamilton said. "I can't say I'll never do it again, just not any time soon."