Cespedes Wins MLB's Home Run Derby, All-Star Game Tonight
Published on July 16 2013 6:07 am
Last Updated on July 16 2013 6:07 am
Written by Millie Lange
(Flushing, NY) -- Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is the winner of the 2013 Home Run Derby at Citi Field in New York. Cespedes hit nine homers in the final round to defeat Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals. Harper says there's no shame in losing to such a great player like Cespedes.
The A's star bashed 17 home runs in the first round and six in the second to lead everyone with 23 heading into the final round. He's joins Mark McGwire as the only Athletics to win the competition. McGwire captured the title in 1992 at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego. Cespedes is just the fourth player to compete in the Home Run Derby without being named an All-Star and the first since Ryan Howard in 2007. Michael Cuddyer of the Colorado Rockies and Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles were also in the semifinals of the contest.
84th MLB All-Star Game Tonight
(Flushing, NY) -- The National League and American League will square off from New York's Citi Field tonight in the 84th MLB All-Star Game. Mets pitcher Matt Harvey will get the start in front of his hometown fans for the NL squad. Harvey says he's thrilled to get the chance to start the All-Star Game in his home ballpark.
The AL sends Tigers hurler Max Scherzer to the hill. Scherzer says he's humbled to get the start in his first All-Star Game.
Bruce Bochy of the defending champion Giants will manage the senior circut while Tigers skipper Jim Leyland calls the shots for the AL. The National League is 43-38-2 all-time in the Midsummer Classic and has won three straight. Prior to the NL's recent streak, the American League went unbeaten in 13 consecutive games, settling for a tie in 2002. Since that tie in 2002, the game has determined homefield advantage in the World Series for the winning league.
Home Run Derby (at Flushing, NY)
1. Yoenis Cespedes
2. Bryce Harper
3. Michael Cuddyer
4. Chris Davis
TUESDAY'S SCHEDULE (Time Central)
MLB All-Star Game
7:00 p.m. - American League All-Stars at National League All-Stars (at Flushing, NY)