Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Two Princes Headline Home Run Derby

Albert Pujols will undoubtedly be favorite in Monday's Home Run Derby in his home park of Busch Stadium. (Photo courtesy of USA Today)

This year's Home Run Derby will have a hometown feel to it, not to mention an aura of baseball royalty. Headlining Monday night's affair at Busch Stadium will be Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, the National League's leading vote-getter and hometown hero. Pujols leads the major leagues with 31 dingers this season.

Joining Prince Albert will be another royally named slugger, Milwaukee's Prince Fielder. Another pair of first basemen will represent the NL, and they are the Padres' Adrian Gonzalez and 2006 Home Run Derby champion Ryan Howard of Philadelphia.

The American League participants will be announced later this week, with potential selections being reigning champion Justin Morneau of the Twins and Texas' Josh Hamilton, who crushed a record 28 homers in the first round of the Derby last year at Yankee Stadium in a performance that will not soon be forgotten.

The All-Star Game takes place a week from tonight in St. Louis.

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