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Tejada takes final Derby spot
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07/12/2004 10:04 AM ET
Tejada takes final Derby spot
Giambi pulls out due to lingering sickness
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Miguel Tejada is hitting .311 with 15 homers and 75 RBIs before the All-Star break. (Nick Wass/AP)
HOUSTON -- Miguel Tejada will have a little more on his All-Star plate. On Monday, he was named as a late replacement for former teammate Jason Giambi in the Century 21 Home Run Derby.

Tejada, the Orioles' lone All-Star representative, will join teammate Rafael Palmeiro, Texas' Hank Blalock and Boston's David Ortiz in the home run hitting contest against the National League standouts tonight at 8 p.m. ET.

2004 Home Run Derby

Giambi could not participate because of a lingering sickness and Tejada accepted the invite on Monday morning. Tejada is known around the league as a run producer who can hit homers in bunches. He is hitting .311 for the Orioles with 15 homers and 75 RBIs.

He is tied for 15th in the AL in home runs but Tejada has undeniable power. He has hit 122 home runs the past four seasons and socked 34 in 2002, the year he won the American League MVP award.

This is Tejada's second All-Star Game and he finished fourth amongst AL shortstops in voting behind the Yankees' Derek Jeter, Boston's Nomar Garciaparra and Texas' Michael Young. He is second among AL shortstops in home runs to Chicago's Jose Valentin and first in RBIs.

Tejada hit 19 homers in the second half of 2002, the year he hit a career high of 34. He is on pace to hit 30 this season.

This will be Tejada's first Home Run Derby and will give the Orioles two participants for the first time since 1985 when Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken participated. Palmeiro, who has 13 home runs, was invited as one of the active members of the 500 Home Run Club.

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

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