- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BASEBALL

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Yoenis Cespedes knew how to pace himself in this rain-delayed home run derby, drawn out further by a new format.

The Oakland Athletics outfielder simply trusted his own strength and became the first repeat winner of the All-Star skills contest in 15 years, powering his way past Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier 9-1 in the final round.

With a serious, determined look on his face the whole time, Cespedes finished with 28 homers - four fewer than last year, when he beat Washington’s Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round.

Cespedes saved his best for last, a 452-foot blast to the third deck above left field that officially measured as the longest of the night. A’s third base coach Mike Gallego again pitched to Cespedes and Gallego’s arm looked nearly out of gas by the final round, which started after 10:30 p.m. local time.

Cespedes topped Toronto’s Jose Bautista, and Frazier surprisingly beat Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton in the semifinals.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Seattle’s Felix Hernandez will start Tuesday night’s All-Star game for the American League and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals will open for the National League.

Hernandez, the first Venezuela pitcher to start for the All-Stars, is 11-2 with a 2.12 ERA. He is the second Seattle pitcher to start an All-Star game following Randy Johnson in 1995 and 1997.

NL manager Mike Matheny of the Cardinals chose the ace of his own staff. Wainwright is 12-4 with a 1.83 ERA and three complete games in 19 starts. It will be the 11th All-Star start by a Cardinals pitcher.

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, a 14-time All-Star who is playing his final season, will lead off for the AL.

BASKETBALL

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Coach Mike Krzyzewski hopes Derrick Rose’s NBA comeback begins in a USA uniform.

Even if Rose isn’t ready, the Americans have plenty of talent for another run at a world championship.

Rose and four returnees from the 2012 Olympic men’s basketball champions were among the 19 players selected for this summer’s U.S. national team roster. Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden and Anthony Davis were the four holdovers from London, and there were new additions of Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan and Chandler Parsons, who is leaving Houston for Dallas.

Players will report to training camp this month in Las Vegas, where Rose will try to show he’s recovered from his latest knee surgery.

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