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2012 MLB Home Run Derby: Carlos Gonzalez Will Compete, Represent Colorado Rockies

Carlos Gonzalez is going to the 2012 Home Run Derby. The Colorado Rockies slugger was named to Matt Kemp's National League team on Sunday, joining the Dodgers star and Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins. Gonzalez is the first member of the Rockies to compete in the event since Matt Holliday in 2007.

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Here's what Gonzalez had to say about his strategy entering the event:

"I am going to swing hard for the streets," Gonzalez told The Post, when confirming his entrance in the derby . "I am excited to get out there."

Gonzalez, a 26-year old left fielder, has 17 homers for Colorado this season. He clubbed 34 homers for the Rockies in 2010 and finished with 26 homers in 2011.

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