Twins send WBC hero Samuel Deduno to minors

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Samuel Deduno starred for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, beating the United States and Puerto Rico in back-to-back starts, the latter of which won the tournament championship.

And now he’s headed to the minors.

He was in line to potentially begin the season as the Twins’ fifth starter because Scott Diamond is out with an elbow injury, but Deduno has been sidelined by a groin injury suffered during the WBC and today Minnesota reassigned him to minor-league camp.

Deduno was dropped from the 40-man roster four months ago and went unclaimed by the other 29 teams on waivers. He’ll likely get another chance in Minnesota at some point this season, if only because the Twins’ rotation looks to be one of the worst in the league again.

Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title

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The Marlins announced on Sunday that outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby title when the city of Miami host’s the All-Star Game festivities next month.

Stanton, 27, defeated Todd Frazier in the finals of last year’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park, hitting 20 home runs to Frazier’s 13. Stanton hit a total of 61 home runs in the Derby. This will be the third Home Run Derby in which Stanton has participated.

Stanton also went 1-for-3 with a solo home run to help the Marlins defeat the Cubs 4-2 on Sunday. He’s now batting .274/.357/.551 with 20 home runs and 49 RBI in 311 plate appearances.

Aaron Hicks to go on the disabled list with an oblique injury

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.

Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.

Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.