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07/10/05 9:48 PM ET
Detroit has hometown hero at Derby
Rodriguez set to represent Puerto Rico on Monday
By Jared S. Hopkins / MLB.com
DETROIT -- The CENTURY 21 Home Run Derby on Monday in Detroit will not only have an international flavor to it, it will also give the locals a taste they can enjoy. Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez, who will represent Puerto Rico at the event, will be familiar to the hometown fans hosting the All-Star Game at Comerica Park. "Its nice being home and being in front of all the fans," Rodriguez said before the Tigers' 9-4 win over the Devil Rays on Sunday. "It's going to be fun for the city. I'm looking forward to it." The Home Run Derby starts at 8 p.m. ET, and will be televised live on ESPN. The remaining eight-man field, representing seven other nations, consists of the following: Philadelphia's Bobby Abreu (Venezuela), Pittsburgh's Jason Bay (Canada), Los Angeles' Hee-Seop Choi (Korea), Atlanta's Andruw Jones (the Netherlands), Milwaukee's Carlos Lee (Panama), Boston's David Ortiz (Dominican Republic), and Texas' Mark Teixeira (United States.) As usual, there will be three rounds, and each batter will get 10 outs in an attempt to hit as many home runs as possible, with anything other than a homer recorded as an out. After the ninth out, sluggers will take their cuts against "Golden Home Run Balls." For each golden ball that leaves the park, Major League Baseball and sponsor CENTURY 21 will combine to donate $21,000 to charity. In addition to the eight participating players, eight sweepstakes finalists will be heading to the event for a chance to win $250,000 toward the purchase of a home, compliments of CENTURY 21 Real Estate LLC. Finalists will be matched with a slugger, and the finalist paired with the player who wins this event will win the grand prize.
Jared S. Hopkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.