Fielder slugs his way to 2nd Home Run Derby crown 

click to enlarge American League All-Star Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers at bat in the second round during the State - GETTY IMAGES
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. —That ranks him a lackluster 27th among major-league hitters at the traditionally halfway point of the season. It has also been cause for disappointment in Detroit where expectations were high after the Tigers signed the 28-year-old first baseman to a nine-year, $214-million contract as a free agent during the winter.

Perhaps Fielder is in for a big second half, though, as he won the All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Fielder defeated Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista in the final round, 12-7.

Fielder had hit at least 30 home runs in each of the last five seasons, all with Milwaukee, including 50 to lead the National League in 2007.

Fielder advanced to the finals by hitting 16 home runs in the first two rounds, five in the first and 11 in the second. He finished with a total of 28, with a long of 476 feet and an average of 432.

Prince Fielder has hit 15 home runs in 86 games for the Detroit Tigers.

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