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Delgado joins Home Run Derby
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07/12/2003  9:57 PM ET 
Delgado joins Home Run Derby
Slugger leads AL in home runs and RBIs
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Carlos Delgado will square off with other All-Star sluggers on Monday night. (Kevin Frayer/AP)
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TORONTO -- Carlos Delgado has spent most of his season making games look like batting practice, so he has no reason to shy away from an event like a Home Run Derby. Toronto's slugger, leading the AL in several offensive categories, is looking forward to putting on a show at the All-Star Game.

"It's a lot of fun. You get to go out there, have a good time, swing the bat," he said on Saturday. "It's not a huge deal, but it's fun. Hopefully I'll get a little uppercut and the ball will carry for me. I'm not going to make any changes." Why should he? Delgado leads the AL in home runs (28), RBIs (92) and runs scored (75). His batting stroke has brought him a lot of success this season, and he'll be the AL's starting first baseman at the All-Star Game.

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Home Run Derby is just a chance for him to relax and have fun. He'll get to compare swings and match skills with some of the best players in baseball. At the end of the day, he may even earn a bright shiny trophy.

"I've always said, if you're healthy and you can do it, it's a good experience. I'm kind of looking forward to it," he said. "It's fun. You're there anyway. You're spending your day at the ballpark, so you might as well do it."

And what about the concerns that an exhibition like that can screw up a player's timing? Delgado doesn't believe in that theory, saying that it's just like his daily batting practice routine.

"It's just regular BP. Just go out there and swing hard," he said. "I swing hard anyway, so it's not like a change or anything. Just do everything mechanically right."

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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