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Yoenis Cespedes won his second consecutive Home Run Derby Monday by defeating Cincinnati Reds 3B Todd Frazier in the final round.
The Cuban Missle became the first to go back-to-back in the Home Run Derby since Ken Griffey Jr. did it back in 1997-98. Cespedes' 62 fence clearing shots this year rank sixth all-time, but it is doubtful that the other six (Ortiz, Griffey Jr., Fielder, Giambi and Sosa) partook in the Derby in such a spacious park as Target field and they definitely did not have to contend with the type of conditions that faced this season's Derby participants as it rained on-and-off all night and the 56 degree temperature at first pitch was the lowest temp. ever for a Home Run Derby. ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Marc Krauss went 1-for-4 with a solo home run on Thursday in Toronto.
Krauss is hitting only .150 with a .350 slugging percentage after launching his first home run of the season. It was just his seventh game of the season, but there’s no doubt he’ll need to cut down on the strikeouts if he’s ever going to be able to showcase the decent pop he has. The left-handed hitter was called up from AAA to try and infuse some offense in Anaheim and was slugging .639 over his past 10 games. With Matt Joyce really struggling, expect Krauss to steal some of his at-bats over the next few weeks. Analysis: Kevin Luchansky