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Smashing: Cespedes wins HR derby again

The American League’s Yoenis Cespedes, of the Oakland Athletics, hits during the MLB All-Star Home Run Derby Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes became the first repeat winner of the All-Star home run derby in 15 years, powering his way past Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier by a whopping 9-1 in the final round Monday night.


Ken Griffey Jr. took the title in 1998 and 1999.


With a serious, determined look on his face the whole time, Cespedes finished with 28 homers. That was four fewer than last year, when he beat Washington’s Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round.


Cespedes saved his best for last, a 452-foot blast to the third deck above left field that officially measured as the longest of the night.