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ESPN used photo of Bryce Harper's brother in Home Run Derby graphic

ESPN used photo of Bryce Harper's brother in Home Run Derby graphic

Muncy hit 12 homers, and Harper started slowly before going on a tear and scoring a 13-12 victory-getting the go-ahead homer with 1:11 still left on the clock. With only four minutes to match Schwarber's total, he hit but four home runs in his first 1:42.

If you take a look at the video, it does seem like some of those last pitches to Harper were coming in a little fast and maybe the last ball hadn't totally landed quite yet.

When Rhys Hoskins was invited to compete in the Home Run Derby, he thought back to when he used to watch the event on television and wondered if his childhood fantasy of being a part of it could possibly match up with the reality.

The 2015 NL MVP beat Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves and Max Muncy of the Dodgers before trumping the fifth-seeded Schwarber, who put the pressure on with a solid outing before Harper stepped to the plate. Harper did just that and then walked-off with a home run during his 30-second bonus round.

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The Home Run Derby will be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) on ESPN.

He also made sure to send them home happy. Aguilar, who wasted too much time between swings, couldn't clear it. Schwarber did. At the same time, it's the Home Run Derby.

With 17, Hoskins tied Muncy for the most in the first round, though Muncy and Harper stopped before time expired because they had already beaten their opponent.

For one night at least, the hometown fans at Nationals Park had something to cheer about. Despite hitting 23 home runs in the first half of the season, Harper's batting average has fallen to an anemic.214.


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