Hart pumped to participate in Derby

Hart pumped to participate in Derby

MILWAUKEE -- Corey Hart says he'll be swinging for the fences in the State Farm Home Run Derby.

"Yeah, I'm excited," Hart said Sunday, when he was named to his second National League All-Star team. "They already called me. They had to wait and see if I hit one [today]."

He did hit one Sunday afternoon, a solo blast that accounted for the Brewers' only offense in a 7-1 loss to Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals in St. Louis. The loss, plus the rib-cage injury suffered by fellow All-Star selection Yovani Gallardo, dampened the enthusiasm for the Brewers, who will send at least three players to the Midsummer Classic for the fifth straight season. Hart and Gallardo will be joined by Ryan Braun, who will start in the outfield for the NL.

The Brewers will be represented in the Home Run Derby for the fourth straight year. Prince Fielder debuted in the event in 2007 and won it in '09 in St. Louis. Braun took part in '08.

Hart has hit 19 home runs this season, trailing only fellow All-Star Albert Pujols of the Cardinals, who has 20, among National Leaguers. Hart has hit all but three of his homers since May 15, when he began a tear of 14 homers in 26 games.

The 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports, and around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 7 p.m. CT. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage. MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Associate reporter Michael Bleach contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.