TORONTO -- Royals All-Star Billy Butler would have welcomed a spot on the American League team for the 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby on July 9 at Kauffman Stadium, but he was passed over when the selections were announced Monday night.
Captain Robinson Cano of the Yankees will join Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, Prince Fielder of the Tigers and Mark Trumbo of the Angels on the AL team.
"The guys that are going in there are very deserving," Butler said after Monday's 11-3 win over the Blue Jays in the series opener. "It's hard to argue with that. It would've been fun in our own ballpark but I'll enjoy watching those guys."
Butler witnessed Bautista belting his Major League-leading 27th home run on Monday night.
The Home Run Derby will commence at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN.