The picks are in for Prince Fielder.
The Milwaukee Brewers' first baseman, named National League captain for next week's Home Run Derby, announced his teammates before Tuesday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Two of the three weren't big surprises. Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the NL leader in homers entering Tuesday with 22, was one, as Fielder revealed on Sunday. Another was Fielder's teammate, second baseman Rickie Weeks, who will be making his first appearance in the All-Star Game.
Fielder's third choice was Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals.
There was some thought Fielder might choose Arizona's Justin Upton, since the game is being played at Chase Field in Phoenix, but he wound up going against the grain a bit with Holliday, who has just 10 homers after missing parts of April and June with injuries.
"It was very tough," said Fielder, who tied Kemp by hitting his 22nd homer in the sixth, a solo shot. "I wanted everybody to be in it. I definitely wanted someone from the Diamondbacks to be in it. But these guys, I know these guys really well, and these are my picks, no hard feelings."
Upton stated his case to Fielder after the fact in fitting fashion, hitting a booming home run to left in the third inning off Randy Wolf.
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