Fielder confirmed for Home Run Derby

Prince Fielder will swing for the fences at next week’s State Farm All-Star Home Run Derby.

Major League Baseball announced on Monday that the four first basemen on the National League All-Star team will participate in the event: Fielder, Albert Pujols of the Cardinals, Adrian Gonzalez of the Padres and Ryan Howard of the Phillies.

The Brewers were off Monday, but Fielder confirmed his interest in the Derby on Sunday, after the All-Star teams were unveiled. He was eliminated in the first round of the event in 2007 in San Francisco.

“If they wanted me to, I would do it,” Fielder said. “That’s what the fans want.”

The Home Run Derby, part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day, will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 13. The 80th All-Star Game will be held the following day on Tuesday, July 14.

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