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Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez and defending champion Prince Fielder all sat out. So did major league homers leader Jose Bautista, NL co-leaders Adam Dunn and Joey Votto, and Texas' Josh Hamilton, who hit 28 homers in a single round at Yankee Stadium two years ago.
Still, eight sluggers took aim at the artificial rock pile, moss and trees behind the center-field wall at Angel Stadium, the long-standing Orange County park that underwent a thorough renovation in recent years.
The Anaheim crowd booed Ortiz during pregame introductions, still remembering several years of postseason clashes between his Red Sox and the Los Angeles Angels. But Ortiz hadn't homered at Angel Stadium since hitting a shot during the 2007 AL division series.
Ortiz hit eight homers in the opening round, which included plateside delivery of a towel and a refreshing drink from laughing Tampa Bay closer Rafael Soriano.
Ortiz, who has been known for goofing around during the derby silliness in recent years, gave a towel break during the final round to Ramirez, who he said is "like a son to me." Ramirez was traded to Florida when the Red Sox acquired ace Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell.
"Of course, I wish Hanley would be playing on our team, like he was supposed to be, but there are things we can't control," Ortiz said. "The move that the Red Sox made was good for both sides."
Ortiz took control of the last round with consecutive homers on his first four swings. Ramirez couldn't catch up, hitting three straight before ending it by making outs on six of his last seven swings.
Hart highlighted the first round with six homers on his first eight swings. He had 11 on his first 15 whacks against Sandy Guerrero, the Nashville Sounds' hitting coach.
St. Louis' Matt Holliday, the Yankees' Swisher, Toronto's Vernon Wells and Arizona's Chris Young didn't escape the first round.
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