Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez was named to the National League team for Monday night’s All-Star Home Run Derby.
Alvarez was picked to replace Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez, who has sprained the middle finger of his right hand. Alvarez has hit 23 homers this year, and has 60 RBIs. He is the fifth Pirates player to appear in the Home Run Derby, joining Bobby Bonilla, Barry Bonds, Jason Bay and Andrew McCutchen.
Alvarez, McCutchen, Jeff Locke and Jason Grilli, of the Pirates, were all named last week to the National League’s All-Star team for Tuesday’s midsummer classic at Citi Field in New York. Alvarez will compete in the Home Run Derby alongside David Wright, Bryce Harper and Michael Cuddyer. American League sluggers will include defending Derby champion Prince Fielder, along with Robinson Cano, Chris Davis and Yoenis Cespedes.