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Stanton to defend, Judge hopes to rule Home Run Derby

Sports Minute: Here is the latest Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota sports news from The Associated Press Stanton to defend, Judge hopes to rule Home Run Derby
Heather Davidson | 11 July, 2017, 00:50

The defending champion cleared a combined 27,187 feet, or 5.15 miles, with his 61 home runs in the 2016 Home Run Derby, including the 20 hardest-hit home runs of the night. This could set Stanton up for a potential final round matchup with the No. 2 seed Aaron Judge.

With the 2017 MLB All-Star break finally here, a central topic of discussion, as always, is the Home Run Derby. CNHI Sports Boston's baseball writer, Chris Mason, is on hand to write about baseball's annual hitters showcase.

The fourth seed is Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas and he will go up against five seed Miguel Sano from the Minnesota Twins. In 51 previous plate appearances at Marlins park, Blackmon is hitting.234 with 2 home runs.

For Monday's Home Run Derby Stanton will be the No. 1 seed while Bour was seeded seventh. Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger is the three seed and faces six seed Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies.

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The veteran slugger packs substantial power and might be worth taking a chance on if you think that Stanton and Judge might falter. He's averaged a home run every 10.1 at bats and is third in the majors with a.613 slugging percentage (Judge is first at.697). He is 11-4 with a 2.75 ERA and a major league-leading 178 strikeouts in 127 2/3 innings.

Stanton will face Yankees catcher and No. 8 seed Gary Sanchez (+1600). He also has five of the six hardest-hit home runs, in terms of exit velocity, ranging from 121.1 miles per hour to 118.6. Sano has hit.276 with 21 home runs and 62 RBI so far this season. Then a Judge/Stanton final would be potentially epic.

After hitting a single-round record of 28 home runs in the first round, Hamilton's four homers in the second were enough to win him the 2008 Home Run Derby. It does help to have some experience in this competition.

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