07/12/2003 9:30 PM ET
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Edmonds and Pujols will take their cuts Monday
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ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals could, conceivably, provide the National League with half of its starting lineup in Tuesday night's All-Star Game at U.S. Cellular Field. They will almost certainly be represented with half of the NL's contingent in Monday night's Home Run Derby.
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com
Jim Edmonds and Albert Pujols, who entered Saturday night ranking second and fourth in the NL in home runs, respectively, have both been selected to take their cuts in the Monday night showcase. Edmonds, with 28 dingers, trails only the torrid Barry Bonds, while Mike Lowell stands between Edmonds and Pujols on the list of the league's top longballers so far this year.
Gary Sheffield is also scheduled to participate, with the fourth NL slugger yet to be announced. Pujols declined to comment on the invitation, but Edmonds acknowledged the Derby would provide an entertaining challenge.
"I don't really consider myself a Home Run Derby kind of guy," said Edmonds, whose career high in homers is 42. "But I figured I was obligated to do it if I was in the top couple guys. They're all right. They're a little hectic. It's fun to watch."
Edmonds has participated in a similar event before -- the MLB Players Association's "Big League Challenge," held every winter in Las Vegas. He's hoping for different results this time, though in the "Windy City" it's never a sure thing.
"That was fun," Edmonds said, "but the year I went, the wind was blowing in about 80 miles an hour from right. So it wasn't too much fun to try to hit home runs into the wind."
Edmonds said that he is unconcerned about the possibility that swinging for the fences will damage his regular swing.
"I'd be surprised if I hit any," he said, perhaps half-seriously. "I'd be surprised if I won. You just never know what's gonna happen. It's all about who you get to throw for you."
Pujols, Edgar Renteria and Scott Rolen were all voted to the NL's starting lineup in fan balloting. Either Pujols or Bonds is likely to be the designated hitter on Tuesday night, opening a spot for a center fielder -- which could be Edmonds. And right-hander Woody Williams is a long shot, but a possibility, to be the starting pitcher.
"I've heard stories but I don't know exactly what's going on," Edmonds said. "I know that between the three outfielders that are starting, we need a DH and obviously there's no center fielder. There's myself and Andruw (Jones), and I don't know who else. I think Preston Wilson is there, he's a center fielder."
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.