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Sports - July 12, 2019

Sports Shorts

HOME RUN DERBY . . . Former Palo Alto High standout Joc Pederson put on a show Monday in front of a nation-wide television audience at the MLB Home Run Derby in Cleveland. After defeating Houston's Alex Bregman 21-16 in the first round he was matched up with Toronto rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the second round. Guerrero had set a Home Run Derby record with 29 homers in the first round and then he hammered 29 again against Pederson. But the 2010 Paly grad responded with 29 of his own and the match went to a 60-second swingoff. Guerrero went first and hit eight homers, a feat which Pederson matched again. So they went to a three-swing tiebreaker. Guerreo hit one, Pderson followed suit, forcing an unprecedented second three-swing tirbreaker Gueereo finally outlasted Joc 2-1 and the riveting spectacle was over.

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