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Derby hitters bring help on the mound

Derby hitters bring help on the mound

Six of the participants in Monday night's State Farm Home Run Derby are bringing along personal hurlers whose repertoire will consist of only one pitch: the gopher ball.

Josh Holliday, brother of the Cardinals' Matt, highlights the unique pairings for the Derby. The older brother of the St. Louis All-Star is also an assistant baseball coach at Vanderbilt University.

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All of the competitors, with the exception of Boston's David Ortiz and Toronto's Vernon Wells, have enlisted their personal launching pads.

The other pairings:

• Milwaukee's Corey Hart and Triple-A Nashville Sounds hitting coach Sandy Guerrero

• Florida's Hanley Ramirez and Alexis Hernandez, a personal friend

• Arizona's Chris Young and Sidney Holland, his longtime Houston-based coach

• Detroit's Miguel Cabrera and Tigers bullpen catcher Scott Pickens

• New York Yankees' Nick Swisher and Yankees bench coach Tony Pena

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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