Chicago Cubs defeat St. Louis Cardinals, 8-7

CHICAGO - Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols said Friday that he does indeed plan to participate in a sponsor promotion before the July 13 All-Star Home Run Derby at Busch Stadium and, health permitting, the Derby itself.

After rounds of phone calls circulated Friday among Major League Baseball, the club and Pujols' agent, Dan Lozano, El Hombre attributed Thursday's less than enthusiastic comments to a faulty memory.

"It was something we agreed to back in February...