User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Horses
Golf
Auto
Soccer
More
Betting Tools

 
Cespedes steals show, wins HR Derby

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

NEW YORK (AP) - Yoenis Cespedes won baseball's Home Run Derby on Monday night, becoming the first player left out of the All-Star game to take home the crown.

Advertisement
The Oakland Athletics slugger beat Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round at reconfigured Citi Field, hitting the decisive drive with five swings to spare.

In only his second major league season, the outfielder from Cuba dropped his bat and raised his arm in triumph when he sent his 32nd homer of the night some 455 feet to deep center field, where it caromed off the back wall of the black batter's eye. He was swarmed by the American League All-Stars near the third base line.

The final addition to the field, Cespedes was the fourth player not selected for the All-Star game to compete in the event.

Right off the bat, he proved he belonged and put on quite a show with family in the stands. Cespedes hit a whopping 17 home runs in the first round - more than any other player managed in their first two trips to the plate.

That sent him straight into the finals, though he added six long balls in round two for good measure. Some of his early drives were particularly impressive, too.

Cespedes hit about a half-dozen balls into the upper deck in left, never reached by anyone in a game, and banged another couple of shots off the restaurant windows in the corner just below.

The 20-year-old Harper, wearing shiny gold spikes as his father pitched to him, hammered eight homers in all three rounds. But the Washington Nationals phenom couldn't keep up with Cespedes.

Colorado outfielder Michael Cuddyer and Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis, who leads the majors with 37 homers, were eliminated in the second round. Davis tied Reggie Jackson (1969) for the AL record before the All-Star break.

``I had a little blister come up second round. It's just one of those things,'' Davis said. ``I usually get one once a year and it just happened to be tonight. It actually popped during a swing. My main concern is obviously not to hurt myself and to hang onto the bat.

``It's something that I've dealt with in my career since I can remember. You've just got to kind of wear it for a couple of days and then it hardens up and you're good to go.''

Citi Field opened in 2009 with cavernous dimensions and yielded the fewest home runs in the majors over its first three seasons. But the Mets erected a new fence in front of the old one, dubbed the Great Wall of Flushing, before last season, shaving dimensions by up to 12 feet and lowering the height of the wall from as high as 16 feet to 8 all around.

Since then, the ballpark has ranked closer to the middle of the pack in home runs, 18th out of 30, but it's still no hitter's haven.

In fact, hometown favorite David Wright of the Mets had joked that he would take his Derby swings from second base.

Baseball's big boppers took aim at two trucks parked beside the home run apple behind the center-field fence, a popular staple at Mets games dating to their days in Shea Stadium.

Wright and another hometown darling, Pirates slugger Pedro Alvarez, were both eliminated in the first round. Alvarez went to high school in New York City and grew up in the same Manhattan neighborhood as Manny Ramirez.

Also knocked out early were defending champion Prince Fielder, the only player besides Ken Griffey Jr. to win multiple crowns, and American League captain Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees, who made Cespedes his final pick.

Cano, the 2011 champion, was booed relentlessly in Kansas City last year after he didn't tab Royals slugger Billy Butler to participate, and the Kansas City crowd was delighted when Cano went without a home run.

He connected on his third swing this time but finished last with only four.

Wright, booed in Pittsburgh last weekend for initially passing on Alvarez, hit five home runs as the sellout crowd of 43,558 chanted ``Let's Go Mets!''

Alvarez was added when Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez pulled out with a sprained middle finger. Gonzalez remains in the National League starting lineup for Tuesday night's All-Star game, though.

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Lawrence: June Pitchers Report
News: Win Total Update - May
Hunter: Future Market - Buy Orders
McCutchen leads Pirates past Giants
Holliday's on-base streak ends at 45
Boston ends skid with 1-0 win over Twins
Zobrist's grand slam lifts A's over Tigers
Gallo's huge debut paces 15-2 Texas rout
Ruf's walkoff single leads Phils past Reds
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
22-13, +1,230 L35, +2,774 TY
3-0 L3, 5-1 L6, +2,565 TY
6-1 L7 G-Plays, 11-5 L16 Picks
12-4 Last 16 MLB Streak
4-1 L2 Days, 24-10 L34 G-Plays
2-0 Yesterday, 6-3 L9 Picks
+1,614 Net Profits This Year
16-9, +1,100 Last 25 Picks
14-7 Last 21 MLB Selections
11-5 L16 Guarantees, +1,206 TY
24-12 Last 36 Guarantees
3-0 L3 G-Plays, 9-5 L14 Picks
4-1 L5 MLB Selections
2-0 Yesterday, 6-3 L9 G-Plays
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2015 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 2685
Joe Nelson + 2590
Dave Cokin + 1220
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 2613
Joe Nelson + 2356
Dave Cokin + 1171
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Tony Stoffo + 232
Scott Pritchard + 142
Chip Chirimbes + 112
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Chip Chirimbes + 980
Bruce Marshall + 913
Dave Cokin + 828
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 572
The Gold Sheet + 451
Chip Chirimbes + 401
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Nelson + 1363
Dave Cokin + 392
Mark Franco + 364
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Daily Fantasy Sager Bomb