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Cespedes Wins Home Run Derby – MLB Roundup For July 16th

Chevrolet Home Run Derby - Getty Images
Chevrolet Home Run Derby – Getty Images

NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets’ Matt Harvey will be the starting pitcher for the National League and Detroit’s Max Scherzer for the American in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game.

Harvey is 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA and leads the league with 147 strikeouts. He becomes the first pitcher from the host team to start an All-Star game since Houston’s Roger Clemens in 2004 and just the 11th overall.

The annual midsummer classic will be played at the Mets’ Citi Field.

The 24-year old Harvey will become the youngest starting pitcher at the All-Star game since Dwight Gooden in 1988 when he was 23.

Scherzer is 13-1 and suffered his first loss of the season Saturday against Texas. He has a 3.10 ERA and his 152 strikeouts are second in the majors to the Rangers’ Yu Darvish.

NEW YORK (AP)— Yoenis Cespedes (YOH’-eh-nis SES’-puh-dez) of the Oakland Athletics won the Home Run Derby. He edged Washington’s 20-year-old Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round of the eight-player competition.

The Cuban-born outfielder is the first player left out of the All-Star game to win the Home Run Derby.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball plans to use the stage of the annual All-Star Game to formally announce Tuesday its new policies against harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the agreement.

Under the new policy, the league will create a workplace code of conduct and distribute it to every major league and minor league player. It also will provide new training sessions and create a centralized complaint system to report any harassment and discrimination.

Baseball’s move follows an agreement between New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the NFL to strengthen that sport’s policies. Some NFL prospects recently complained about questions they said were posed to them during the evaluation and hiring system called the NFL combine. The case prompted a look at harassment and discrimination policies in other sports.

It also comes after pro basketball player Jason Collins said in April that he’s gay. The veteran center is a free agent.

Few professional athletes are openly gay, and gay rights groups have blamed the policies and atmosphere in sports for forcing gay athletes to hide their sexual orientations.

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig (SEE’-lig) pronounced the sport “cleaner than it’s ever been.” Selig also defended baseball’s drug-testing program, which began in 2003, saying the sport was not slow to react to the charges. He was speaking at a question-and-answer session.

Selig declined to detail baseball’s plan for dealing with its on-going investigation of the anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, which is accused of distributing performing-enhancing drugs.

It has been reported that MLB might attempt to discipline former MVPs Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun along with other players.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phillies center fielder Ben Revere will have surgery Tuesday on his broken right foot and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. Revere broke his foot on a foul ball before hitting into a double play to end Philadelphia’s 5-4 loss to the White Sox in Game 1 of a doubleheader Saturday.

Acquired from Minnesota last offseason, Revere has a slow start with the Phillies. But he raised his average to .305 from .200 on May 1 and had a 10-game hitting streak before getting hurt.

READING, Pa. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez went 2 for 4 with a 400-foot home run in his first rehab appearance with Double-A Trenton. He played seven innings in the Thunder’s game. He’s due for another rehab game Tuesday and maybe Wednesday.

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