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Blalock joins Home Run Derby
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07/08/2004  4:40 PM ET
Blalock joins Home Run Derby
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CLEVELAND -- It was touch and go for awhile, but Rangers third baseman Hank Blalock finally got the word Thursday that he has been selected to compete in Monday's Century 21 Home Run Derby.

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"I'm very excited about it," Blalock said. "I think it's going to be a lot of fun."

Blalock, who is tied for second in the American League with 22 home runs, doesn't particularly care who will be pitching for him Monday when he starts the home run competition at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

"Whoever is there," Blalock said. "It doesn't really make any difference to me. I'll just go up there and try to hit home runs. "

Blalock has some experience in home run hitting competitions.

"I was in one at Spring Training and I did one when I was at the Florida State League All-Star Game in 2001," Blalock said. "I got second. I went to the finals and lost by a couple of homers."

Robert Falkoff is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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