ANAHEIM, Calif. - Nick Swisher's run at Home Run Derby glory fell short quickly, but the Yankees' rightfielder hopes to get another chance.

"If I had a chance to do it again, I definitely would," Swisher said after being eliminated in the first round last night. "It'd be different."

A first-time Derby competitor, Swisher hit only four homers, finishing sixth, failing to qualify for the semifinals. Boston's David Ortiz won the final, 11-5, over Florida's Hanley Ramirez. Milwaukee's Corey Hart and Detroit's Miguel Cabrera made it to the semifinals. St. Louis' Matt Holliday also placed ahead of Swisher.

The fourth competitor in the first round, with Yankees bench coach Tony Peña serving as his pitcher, Swisher began his round with a foul tip, then followed with a pair of homers to rightfield. He tallied four straight outs - any swing besides a homer constitutes an "out" in the event - before smoking two more into the rightfield bleachers. Swisher then recorded five straight outs.

He appeared extremely nervous during his round, taking at least one pitch between each swing, and he admitted afterward, "You feel naked when you go out there. You've got all of these cameras standing around, no batting cage. At this time of day, it's tough to see. You've got the shadows out there. That big fence standing [in front of] the pitcher."

Swisher added: "It was a blast. I'm here for the fans. I'm having an absolute blast, and I couldn't thank everyone enough for the opportunity."

And Tuesday night, Swisher - elected by fans on the Internet ballot for the final spot - will take part in his first All-Star Game.

Reyes taking it easy

Jose Reyes is here, but just to hang out with his fellow All-Stars. Reyes has been deactivated because of his ailing right oblique. He'll undergo treatment while with the National League team, but he said he won't take any batting practice.

Asked whether he'll play in Thursday night's second-half opener at San Francisco, Reyes said, "I hope so." Yet he doesn't plan to try hitting until Thursday, so his return could easily be pushed back.