Cespedes Defends Home Run Derby Title

    Jul 14, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; American League outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) of the Oakland Athletics at bat in the first round during the 2014 Home Run Derby the day before the MLB All Star Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports - RTR3YNZN

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    Yoenis Cespedes sealed a place in baseball history Monday night, earning his second consecutive Home Run Derby win. The Oakland Athletics outfielder is the first player in 15 years to win the competition back-to-back since Ken Griffey Jr. did so in 1998 and 1999. After a stalled start due to a rain delay, Cespedes totally owned the home-run competition in the Minnesota Twins’ Target Field. He hammered 28 home runs, out-hitting his final competitor, the Cincinnati Reds’ Todd Frazier, 9-1 in the final round. “I don’t need to put more of a swing or more of an effort in order to hit a home run,” Cespedes, a Cuba native, said through an interpreter. “I just have to look for a good pitch and put a good swing on it, and it usually takes care of it."

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