Hamilton Out of HR Derby if he Makes All-Star Game

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    Josh Hamilton at the plate.

    Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton says he has no plans to participate in the Home Run Derby if he makes his third consecutive All-Star game next month.

    In his only Home Run Derby two years ago at old Yankee Stadium, Hamilton put on an awe-inspiring display with a record 28 homers in the first round. Hamilton was an All-Star starter again last year, but passed on the derby after coming back from two stints on the disabled list.

    Hamilton went into Texas' game Tuesday night against Pittsburgh with a career-best 16-game hitting streak. He was batting .337 with 16 homers and 52 RBIs this season.

    In the AL All-Star fan voting totals released this week, Hamilton moved up to third among outfielders, passing teammate Nelson Cruz.