Ortiz: Bautista should be in Derby

Ortiz: Bautista should be in Derby

TORONTO -- As far as Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is concerned, Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista should be included in the State Farm Home Run Derby during the annual All-Star slugfest next week in Anaheim.

"The guy that I'm really worried about is not even in the Derby -- Bautista, man," Ortiz said. "Come on, man. How is he not in the Derby? You need to start a campaign about him being in the Derby."

Ortiz -- scheduled to take part in the Derby -- said Bautista would pose a legitimate power threat. As things stand, though, the American League sluggers who will be included are Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, Toronto's Vernon Wells and Ortiz. That leaves one vacancy.

Bautista, who entered Friday as the Major League leader with 23 home runs, had not been asked to participate as of Thursday night. The Jays' top power hitter of the first half has indicated this week that he is willing to join the contest, though.

"He's the home run leader," Ortiz said. "It's a joke. He has to be there -- he's the leader. I don't care, have two Blue Jays in there. If he wants to be in, he has to be in -- I don't care what anybody says."