TORONTO -- What a difference a year can make.
After a 2009 season in which he hit only 15 home runs with 66 RBIs, Blue Jays outfielder Vernon Wells was not only named to this year's American League All-Star team, but he will now also represent the AL in the State Farm Home Run Derby.
Wells, who entered Tuesday with 19 homers, will compete against the likes of: the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera (20 homers), the Yankees' Robinson Cano (16), David Ortiz of the Red Sox (17), the Brewers' Corey Hart (19), the Cardinals' Matt Holliday (11) and two National League sluggers to be named.
This will mark Wells' third All-Star Game but first Home Run Derby -- scheduled for July 12 in Anaheim. The last Blue Jays player to partake in the event was Alex Rios in 2007 in San Francisco, where he finished second to Vladimir Guerrero.