MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: All-Star Game tonight at Target Field
MINNEAPOLIS -- Major League Baseball's All-Star Game is tonight at Target Field and about 40 thousand fans are expected. Twins president Dave St. Peter says most of those attending are from right here in Minnesota. He calls it a special opportunity to fill the ballpark for an All-Star Game with the hometown crowd. Tonight's contest features two current Twins players -- relief pitcher Glen Perkins and catcher Kurt Suzuki.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes is in good company with Ken Griffey Jr.
Cespedes beat Cincinnati's Todd Frazier, 9-1, in the final round to win the Home Run Derby for the second straight year.
The A's slugger became the first back-to-back winner since Griffey captured the 1998 and '99 crowns for the Seattle Mariners.
"I just discovered recently that Ken Griffey Jr. was the only other person to win consecutive titles, and it was something that I wanted to accomplish, and I was able to get past the first round, which allowed me to kind of breathe and re-gather myself," Cespedes said through a translator during an on-field television interview. "That allowed me to go on and win this title one more time."
Incredibly, both competitors barely made it out of the first round, advancing on swing-offs. Frazier downed former Twins player Justin Morneau, 1-0, while Cespedes topped A's teammate Josh Donaldson, 2-1.
Frazier belted six homers over the fence in the second round to a pair for Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki, the captain of the National League Home Run Derby team.
The 28-year-old Cespedes cranked out nine homers to three for Baltimore's Adam Jones in the AL's second round.
Frazier made it to the final despite hitting one home run in the National League's last round. Miami's Giancarlo Stanton received a bye after belting six homers in the first round, including a 422-foot upper deck shot to left that nearly escaped Target Field. Stanton, though, was blanked in his next attempt.
Baseball fans can catch a glimpse of the M-L-B All-Stars parading on the Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis this afternoon (Tues 1pm). Twins President Dave St.Peter says the public is invited to the free event. Eighteen-time All-Star and Twins legend Rod Carew is grand marshal. Thirty winners of the "All-Star Teachers" campaign are part of the parade, including Minnesota's representative Neil Johnson of Shakopee.