Baltimore’s Davis headlines Monday’s Home Run Derby
NEW YORK — Baltimore slugger Chris Davis, who hit his 37th home run to tie the AL record before the All-Star break, heads up the American League team for Monday’s Home Run Derby at Citi Field.
By going deep in a fourth straight game, Davis equaled Reggie Jackson’s AL mark of 37 home runs before the break, set in 1969. The major league record is 39, by Barry Bonds in 2001.
Davis joins captain Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees, Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes and reigning Derby champion Prince Fielder of Detroit.
New York Mets third baseman David Wright is captain of the National League squad, which includes Washington’s Bryce Harper, Colorado’s Michael Cuddyer and Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez.
The contest will be televised by ESPN at 8 p.m.
Tickets for the Home Run Derby were available Sunday evening on Major League Baseball’s website, priced at $205, $263, $267, $300 and $310. Nearly 2,700 resale tickets were listed on StubHub for $112-$2,327.
In Sunday’s Futures Game, Matt Davidson of the Arizona Diamondbacks hit a two-run homer and the United States beat the World Team, 4-2, in the All-Star Futures Game, baseball’s annual showcase for top minor league prospects.
Miami’s Christian Yelich and Boston’s Garin Cecchini each had an RBI double. Philadelphia’s Jesse Biddle earned the win and Washington right-hander A.J. Cole got a save.
In Sunday’s celebrity softball game, John Wege of the Wounded Warrior softball team and actor and comedian Kevin James were voted MVPs.
Wege, who has two prosthetic limbs that replace legs blown off in Afghanistan, homered during the six-inning game, which also included retired major leaguers Mike Piazza, Frank Thomas and Rickey Henderson.