Cespedes Outpowers Harper to Win 2013 Home Run Derby
(NEW YORK) -- Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes outdueled Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper to win the 2013 Home Run Derby Monday night at Citi Field.
Cespedes, who becomes the first player not elected as an All-Star to win a Home Run Derby, topped Harper 9-8 in the final round for the victory.
"I felt that I was getting into a very good rhythm, and that as long as the ball was right over the plate, I felt like I was in a good groove," Cespedes said through a translator. "That was the key."
Cespedes, who was the final pick by American League captain Robinson Cano, started the event quickly, hitting 17 home runs in the first round.
Cespedes finished the first two rounds with 23 home runs, sending him to the finals against Harper, who entered the final round with 16 home runs.
Last season's champion, Prince Fiedler, was eliminated in the first round after hitting five home runs.
Team captains David Wright and Robinson Cano were eliminated in the first round as well, with Wright hitting five home runs and Cano swatting four.
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