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Harper headlines HR Derby field in DC

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NEW YORK (AP) - Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper will take on Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman in an all-NL East matchup in the first round of the Home Run Derby on Monday night.

The 25-year-old Harper is the second seed at his home ballpark by virtue of his 22 homers through Tuesday's games. Freeman, the top NL vote-getter for Tuesday night's All-Star Game at Nationals Park, is the seventh seed with 16 homers.

"It should be fun. I'm hoping the fans are excited for him and he gets nervous and gets a zero," Freeman said. "But we'll see what happens."

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Bucs rally in 10 to sweep 5 from Brewers

PITTSBURGH (AP) One late-inning rally wasn't enough for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Trailing and down to their final out on two occasions, the Pirates managed a 7-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that gave them the first five-game sweep in the majors in nearly a dozen years.

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Verlander loses in first game vs. Tigers

HOUSTON (AP) Justin Verlander had a puzzling day on the mound in his first-ever start against his previous team.

While Verlander racked up double-digit strikeouts, Detroit hammered four home runs off the former Tiger and snapped a six-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday.

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Brantley's HR in 8th gets Tribe by Yanks

CLEVELAND (AP) With a flight to catch, Michael Brantley quickly dressed and stuffed some batting gloves, cleats and other gear into a red-white-and-blue duffel bag.

Brantley's headed to the All-Star Game. Before leaving, he again showed why he's going.

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Down 5, Miami gets 8 in 5th to top Phils

MIAMI (AP) The Marlins' rally in the fifth lasted so long Phillies first baseman Carlos Santana headed for the dugout after the second out, thinking the inning was over.

Instead Miami scored four more runs.

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Red Sox top Jays for 12th win in last 13

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox rolled through the pre-All-Star game portion of their schedule piling up wins. Now, they'll have a few days to sit back, relax and enjoy their historic start.

Xander Bogaerts homered in his first at-bat a day after hitting a walk-off grand slam and drove in two runs, leading the Red Sox past the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 on Sunday to enter the break with their best record since 1949.

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Teheran sharp as Braves beat Arizona 5-1

ATLANTA (AP) Freddie Freeman likes how the Atlanta Braves are positioned with the first half of the season complete.

"It's nice to have a winning record at the break," the All-Star first baseman said. "It's been a few years. This is right where we need to be. Get some rest and hope to come out with a bang."

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Story HR in 9th pushes Rockies' run to 5

DENVER (AP) Trevor Story tuned up for the All-Star Game with one memorable swing.

Story led off the ninth inning with his 20th homer, and the Colorado Rockies completed a series sweep of the Seattle Mariners with a 4-3 victory on Sunday.

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Dodgers top Angels, split Freeway Series

LOS ANGELES (AP) Clayton Kershaw has returned to form since coming off the disabled list and the Los Angeles Dodgers are leading the NL West after a disappointing start to the season.

They can't wait for the second half.

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