Cubs sluggers Javier Baez, Kyle Schwarber chosen for Home Run Derby

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Kyle Schwarber doesn’t mind losing a day during the All-Star Break so he can compete in the Home Run Derby on Monday at Nationals Park.

The Cubs left fielder confirmed he and second baseman Javier Baez accepted invitations to represent the National League. It will be the first Home Run Derby for both players.

“It’s going to be fun, especially with Javy in there, too,” Schwarber said Tuesday night. “I know what kind of (batting practice) that guy takes.”

Schwarber, who is tied with Baez for the Cubs lead with 17 home runs, plans to “soak up the moment.”

“It’s on the bucket list,” Schwarber said. “It’s one of those things you grow up watching (Ken) Griffey and (Mark) McGwire. Now that I can do it, it’s a thing you want to do at least once.”

Baez already was selected to start for the National League at second base in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, so…

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