Snubbed from team, Mark Teixeira won’t take part in Home Run Derby

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David Ortiz wanted Mark Teixeira for one of the three openings for next week’s Home Run Derby, but the Yankees first baseman has decided to stay home after being snubbed from the AL roster for the All-Star Game.

Teixeira had indicated that he would have taken part in the Derby if he were making the trip to Phoenix anyway.  However, since he wasn’t named to the AL squad today, it’s hard to blame the guy for preferring to take a few days off.

With Teixeira out of the mix, Ortiz could turn to fellow Yankee Curtis Granderson.  Granderson ranks third in the AL with 22 homers, three behind Teixeira and five behind Jose Bautista in first place.  Another possibility is Ortiz’s own teammate, Adrian Gonzalez.

It’d also seem to make it more likely that Josh Hamilton will be asked to join Ortiz and Bautista among the AL’s four representatives.

Justin Turner and Chris Taylor named co-MVPs of NLCS

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner and SS/CF Chris Taylor have been named co-MVPs of the NLCS, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.

Turner hit .333/.478/.667 with four singles, two home runs, and five walks across 23 plate appearances in the NLCS. He hit a walk-off three-run home run off of John Lackey in the ninth inning to win Game 2 for the Dodgers.

Taylor hit .316/.458/.789 with two singles, a double, a triple, two home runs, and five walks in 24 NLCS plate appearances. He hit a go-ahead solo home run in Game 1. He hit another go-ahead solo homer in Game 3 and later added an RBI triple.