All-Star Home Run Derby Running Blog

Photo by: Associated Press Photo by: Associated Press Colorado outfielder Matt Holliday was added
to the Home Run Derby on Monday as a replacement from the injured
Miguel Cabrera.
 Holliday, who has 15 home runs this season, joins Philadelphia's
Ryan Howard, Milwaukee's Prince Fielder and St. Louis' Albert
Pujols in Monday night's event. Cabrera pulled out Sunday because
of a jammed left shoulder. Photo by: Associated Press Philadelphia's Ryan Howard will be among the
sluggers looking to splash a few homers into San Francisco Bay
 The Phillies' first baseman is the defending champion of the
All-Star Home Run Derby, which takes place this evening at
AT&T Park. Howard won last year's contest in Pittsburgh with 24 homers.Photo by: Associated Press Minnesota manager
Ron Gardenhire, a coach for the AL All-Star team, said he'll
probably pitch to Justin Morneau during the Home Run Derby on
Monday in San Francisco. Morneau was 9-for-18 in the four-game
series against Chicago with four home runs and 11 RBIs. Photo by: Associated Press Photo by: Associated Press Albert Pujols has agreed to participate in
Monday night's Home Run Derby, even though the St. Louis Cardinals'
star is mired in a career-worst power slump. The only other time Pujols participated in the Home Run Derby
was at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago in 2003. He made it through
the first round on a tiebreaker before belting 14 homers in the
second round to reach the finals, where he lost 9-8 to Garret
Anderson of the Los Angeles Angels.Photo by: Associated Press Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Alex Rios is hitting .294 with 17 homers and 53 RBIs. The All-Star
outfielder drove in the winning run in the Blue Jays' 1-0 victory
over Cleveland on Sunday.Photo by: Associated Press