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07/01/08 11:42 PM ET

Report: Berkman to take part in Derby

First baseman will take his hacks for first time since 2006

HOUSTON -- Astros first baseman Lance Berkman announced on Tuesday that he will participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby at the 2008 All-Star Game in New York City, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Berkman, who has a convincing lead in the National League All-Star race, has 22 home runs this season.

He previously participated in the Derby in 2004 in Houston, placing second behind teammate Miguel Tejada, then an American League All-Star shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles. He last participated in the Derby in 2006.

The Derby will be held July 14, the day before the All-Star Game, in Yankee Stadium.

Krysten Oliphant is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.