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All-Star spotlight suits Stanton just right

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MIAMI -- Being among the stars is something Giancarlo Stanton can certainly get used to.

The Marlins' slugger, who wowed with his 510-foot blast in Monday night's Gillette Home Run Derby, enjoyed the All-Star festivities this week at Target Field in Minneapolis so much, he's talked about being hungry for more appearances in the Midsummer Classic.

"That's what we strive for," Stanton said. "You want to be there every year."

To be a perennial star, Stanton says he must maintain his strong preparation and his understanding about what it takes to play at such a high level.

"No one was given that opportunity to be there," Stanton said. "Everyone earned it with their play and with their years prior. For me, it's just to continue to work hard and to continue to do what I'm doing and to get every last bit of my talent out."

Stanton gave a sample of his raw power with his towering upper-deck blast in the first round of the Derby. More people have talked about that shot more than the fact Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes won the event.

"It seems like I almost won the thing, with everyone talking about that," Stanton said. "It was cool with the crowd. Everyone kind of paused and stood up. It started getting loud after I hit that. That's when I really got into it. I was like a kid again, having fun in the backyard."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Less

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