07/12/2003 6:33 PM ET
Sheffield to participate in HR Derby
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Gary Sheffield has been selected to participate in Monday's Home Run Derby at U.S. Cellular Field.
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
The Braves right fielder, who will start in Tuesday's All-Star Game, will be making his second career appearance in the Home Run Derby. He went homerless in his previous appearance which came in 1996 at Veterans Stadium.
His only previous election to be a starter was in 1993, when he was with the Marlins.
"It's not as easy as it looks sometimes," Sheffield said. "It all depends on who is pitching to you."
Sheffield, who is hitting .328 with 22 homers and 70 RBIs, has been bothered by a sore right thumb recently but after taking batting practice on Saturday morning, he decided that he was fit to participate in Monday's event.
Sheffield will be joined by Jason Giambi, Carlos Delgado, Bret Boone, Jim Edmonds, Garrett Anderson and Albert Pujols in the Home Run Derby.
There are seven Braves who will compete in Tuesday's All-Star Game. Joining Sheffield will be Javy Lopez, Marcus Giles, Rafael Furcal, Russ Ortiz, John Smoltz and Andruw Jones.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.