Yoenis Cespedes retains Home Run Derby crown

American League outfielder Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics takes a swing during the Home...

American League outfielder Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics takes a swing during the Home Run Derby at Target Field in Minneapolis, July 14, 2014. (JESSE JOHNSON/USA Today)

Bob Elliott, QMI Agency

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MINNEAPOLIS - The two sluggers sat in front of the third-base dugout as the Gilette Home Run Derby unfolded at Target Field Monday night

Returning hero Justin Morneau, of New Westminster, B.C., the former Minnesota Twins first baseman, was competing with the millionaires.

And Mississauga high schooler Josh Naylor of the Ontario Blue Jays wearing a Toronto Blue Jays cap.

Morneau and Naylor talked with each other and then swung for the fences in front of 40,558 fans.

“I asked Justin what it was like when he won the home run derby at Yankee Stadium in 2008 when Josh Hamilton hit all those homers,” Naylor said, “and how many home runs he was going to hit tonight. He said, ‘I think I’ll start with one and work from there,’”

Both came up short of wearing their respective derby crowns.


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