Howard Takes Stage Tonight

Before every all star game is the State Farm Home Run Derby. This year will feature another one of your Phillies stars in Ryan Howard. Howard is in his third derby, winning in 2006 and failing to get out of the first round in 2007. As the big story of the derby, Howard was born in St. Louis, the location of this year’s game and derby. He will have to win the hearts of the home crowd as he goes against home town hero Albert Pujols. The game will be on ESPN at 8 PM ET.

NL contestants:
Ryan Howard – Phillies – 22 HR
Albert Pujols – Cardinals – 32 HR
Prince Fielder – Brewers – 22 HR
Adrian Gonzalez – Padres – 24 HR

AL contestants:
Brandon Inge – Tigers – 21 HR
Carlos Pena – Rays – 24 HR
Joe Mauer – Twins – 15 HR
Nelson Cruz – Rangers – 22 HR

My predictions:
Pujols, Howard, Pena, and Cruz will advance.
Pujols over Howard in the Final.

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