Home Run Derby 2014

The Gillette Home Run Derby resulted in $465,000 for charities on Monday night at Target Field, and repeat winner Yoenis Cespedes contributed $160,000 of that himself. Todd Frazier took a little time to get going while kicking off the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby on Monday, but once he did, the homers came in a hurry. The Toms River native led off in the rain-delayed festivities at Target Field with a pair of home runs off his own batting practice pitcher  brother Charlie Frazier. Frazier then added a third homer in a swing-off at the end of the first round to advance to the second round against Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki. But in the second round, the Cincinnati Reds third baseman and first-time All-Star exploded for six home runs. Tulowitzki only managed two, sending the Toms River High School South product to the semifinals against Miami's Giancarlo Stanton.

Frazier slowed back down in the semis, adding just one more home run, but it was enough to advance to the finals when Stanton was shut out. He faced off against Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes in the final. The Home Run Derby features a new format this year, only giving batters seven outs in the rounds. Frazier was followed by Minnesota's Brian Dozier, who also hit two first-round round-trippers. Tulowitzki batted third and hit four home runs. Under the Home Run Derby's new bracket-style format, the Oakland Athletics star finished third in the American League in the first round, but proceeded to beat Adam Jones in the quarterfinals, Jose Bautista in the semifinals and Todd Frazier in the final to once again crown himself as the home run champ.



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