Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera and Nelson Cruz have taken themselves out of consideration for this year's Home Run Derby.
Trout, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels and Tigers first baseman Cabrera said Sunday they will enjoy watching this year. Cruz, the Orioles' designated hitter, declined an invitation on Monday, according to MLB Network Radio.
"I think the best thing for me is to watch from the side," Cruz said. "I want to stay in shape and make sure I'm ready for every game."
Cruz is hitting .290 with 27 homers and 71 RBIs.
Cabrera and Cruz said they were asked to participate by American League captain Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Cabrera participated in 2006 and 2010. He and Trout have finished 1-2 in the past two MVP votes.
Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes are among those wanting a spot in this year's Derby.
Stanton missed the 2012 Derby because of last-minute arthroscopic knee surgery, and he wasn't picked by last year's NL Derby captain, David Wright.
Cespedes hopes to defend his title.
The Home Run Derby is July 14 at Target Field in Minneapolis, followed the next day by the All-Star Game.
---Santiago Casilla, who got his third save Sunday, has earned the San Francisco Giants' closer role.
Manager Bruce Bochy had removed Sergio Romo from the closer's role, forming a closer-by-committee
Casilla has two saves in his last two appearances. He has given up just one hit and struck out three in two shutout innings.
"He's got closer stuff," said left-handed setup specialist Jeremy Affeldt. "Romo has done such a great job for us the last few years. They flip-flopped them or whatever. That's the good thing about this pen. Several of us have closed before. It's not a downgrade in closers or a panic thing. It's not like we're fishing."
---The Cleveland Indians acquired outfielder Chris Dickerson from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the team announced Monday.
The Indians selected his contract from the Triple-A Columbus roster and also designated catcher George Kottaras for assignment.
Dickerson has spent parts of each of the last three seasons with the New York Yankees (2011-12) and Baltimore Orioles (2013).
Also, an MRI on OF Michael Bourn's strained hamstring revealed more damage than expected and he is now expected to miss three to four weeks
---The New York Yankees promoted right-hander Shane Greene from Triple-A for a Monday night start in Cleveland.
Greene is 5-2 with a 4.62 ERA, but has 13 straight shutout innings over the last two starts for Scranton/Wilkes Barre.
---Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar, who has been on the disabled list with a shoulder injury began a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Rays playing shortstop.
Escobar also is scheduled to DH for Class-A Charlotte on Tuesday. He will be back in the field at shortstop for Charlotte on Wednesday.
---New York Mets manager Terry Collins said right-handed pitcher Dillon Gee will be limited to 90-95 pitches when he returns from the disabled list on Wednesday.
Gee, who hasn't pitched since May 10 due to a right lat strain, is taking the spot of LHP Jonathon Niese, who went on the disabled list Sunday with a left shoulder strain.
Niese was prescribed anti-inflammatory medication after he underwent an MRI on Monday that showed inflammation in his A/C joint.