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.

Video: Troy Tulowitzki plays along with a photographer who thought he was a pitcher

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Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.

Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:

Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.

Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.