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Braun ties for third in home-run derby; Sheets gets All-Star start

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Milwaukee's Ryan Braun tied for third in last night's All-Star Home Run Derby in New York.

Braun and Houston's Lance Berkman both had 14 homers before they bowed out after the second round at Yankee Stadium.

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Justin Morneau of Minnesota was the winner, out-slugging Josh Hamilton of Texas 5-3 in the third-and-final-round.

Hamilton broke a Derby record with 28 blasts in the first round. He finished with 35 on the night, to 22 for Morneau, but the totals were wiped clean going into the final round.

That was when Hamilton got tired, and Morneau took advantage.

Still, Braun said the night would be remembered for Hamilton's, "phenomenal display."

Braun also said he was tired after hitting just 14 home runs and he could only imagine how Hamilton felt afterward. Morneau was the first Minnesota player to win the Home Run Derby and only the third Twin to be in it following Gary Gaetti in 1989 and Tom Brunansky in '85.

Sheets to start

National League manager Clint Hurdle said it was a no-brainer to pick Milwaukee's Ben Sheets to start tonight's (Tuesday's) All-Star Game.

Hurdle, who manages the Colorado Rockies, saw Sheets strike out 11 batters on his club last Wednesday at Miller Park and Hurdle said, "kind of caught my eye."

He said if Sheets could pitch just as well tonight, the National League would have a chance at ending its 11-game winless streak in the Mid-Summer Classic.

The right-hander is expected to go an inning or two against the American League tonight and he promises to go full-throttle against the likes of Alex Rodriguez and Josh Hamilton.

Sheets is the first Brewer ever to start the All-Star Game. He was in a relief role three times before.

Other National League starting candidates had pitched for their teams last Saturday and Sunday, but Hurdle said he wasn't scraping the bottom of the barrel with Sheets.

The manager said, "his pedigree speaks for itself, as does his resume."

Sheets says he's looking forward to putting his best foot forward.

Milwaukee's Ryan Braun will start in left field for the Nationals and will bat seventh. Brewers' outfielder Corey Hart is expected to come off the bench.

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