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MLB All-Star Game 2017: Home Run Derby time, rosters, TV info

When is the 2017 Home Run Derby and more

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MIAMI – The Major League Baseball All-Star break is nearly here, which means the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game are coming! 

All-Star festivities take place at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida this year. Here's what you need to know:

When is the 2017 MLB Home Run Derby?  

Monday, July 10 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. 

Who is participating in the 2017 MLB Home Run Derby?

American League 

Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota Twins

Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees

Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees

Mike Moustakas, 3B, Kansas City Royals

National League 

Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Miami Marlins

Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

Justin Bour, 1B, Miami Marlins

Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies

When is the 2017 MLB All-Star Game?

Tuesday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

All-Star Sunday schedule:

SUNDAY, JULY 9
All-Star Sunday at Marlins Park featuring:
SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game
Tune-in at 4 p.m. ET on MLB Network
All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (following Futures Game).

Who is starting in the 2017 MLB All-Star Game? Here are the rosters (subject to change):

American League

CATCHER

Salvador Perez, Royals

FIRST BASE

Justin Smoak, Blue Jays

SECOND BASE

Jose Altuve, Astros

THIRD BASE

Jose Ramirez, Indians

SHORTSTOP

Carlos Correa, Astros

OUTFIELD

Aaron Judge, Yankees

Mike Trout, Angels (injured, will not play) — replaced by Justin Upton, Tigers

George Springer, Astros

Mookie Betts, Red Sox

DESIGNATED HITTER

Corey Dickerson, Rays

National League

CATCHER

Buster Posey, Giants

FIRST BASE

Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals

SECOND BASE

Daniel Murphy, Nationals

THIRD BASE

Nolan Arenado, Rockies

SHORTSTOP

Zack Cozart, Reds

OUTFIELD

Bryce Harper, Nationals

Charlie Blackmon, Rockies

Marcell Ozuna, Marlins 

Who are the American League All-Star Reserves?

Gary Sanchez, Yankees, C

Miguel Sano, Twins, 3B

Michael Brantley, Indians, OF

Jonathan Schoop, Orioles, 2B

Yonder Alonso, Athletics, 1B

Nelson Cruz, Mariners, DH

Starlin Castro, Yankees, 2B — replaced by Robinson Cano, Mainers, 2B

Avisail Garcia, White Sox, OF

 

PITCHERS

Chris Sale, Red Sox

Ervin Santana, Twins

Jason Vargas, Royals

Corey Kluber, Indians — replaced by Chris Archer, Rays, SP

Andrew Miller, Indians

Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox

Dallas Keuchel, Astros — replaced by Chris Devenski, Astros, RP

Luis Severino, Yankees

Dellin Betances, Yankees

Michael Fulmer, Detroit — replaced by Brandon Kintzler, Twins, RP

Yu Darvish, Rangers — replaced by Roberto Osuna, Blue Jays, RP

Lance McCullers Jr., Astros 

Who are the National League All-Star Reserves?

Yadier Molina, Cardinals, C

Corey Seager, Dodgers, SS

Jake Lamb, Diamondbacks, 3B

Michael Conforto, Mets, OF

Cody Bellinger, Dodgers, OF

Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks, 1B

Joey Votto, Reds, 1B

Giancarlo Stanton, OF

Josh Harrison, Pirates, 3B

Ender Inciarte, Braves OF

DJ LeMahieu, Rockies, 2B

 

PITCHERS

Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers — Replaced by Alex Wood, Dodgers

Max Scherzer, Nationals

Carlos Martinez, Cardinals

Robbie Ray, Diamondbacks

Greg Holland, Rockies

Kenley Jansen, Dodgers

Zach Greinke, Diamondbacks

Stephen Strasburg, Nationals

Wade Davis, Cubs

Brad Hand, Padres

Corey Knebel, Brewers

Pat Neshek , Phillies

Miguel Sano settled at third and off to first All-Star Game

Given the green light to let his bat fly with a 3-0 count in the third inning of a game last month, Miguel Sano drove an inside fastball into the second deck above right-center field.

The announced estimate of 414 feet didn’t quite do that home run justice. Going that deep with an opposite-field swing was a feat of physical prowess that few players other than Minnesota’s massive third baseman could pull off.

“Nothing is difficult in life if you’re positive,” Sano said. “In your mind, you can do whatever you want. When you stay positive, everything is good.”

Attitude is helpful. Fortitude, too.

“He’s someone at the plate you’re very mindful of every time he comes there, because you know something can happen,” said Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria, whose team was the witness to that homer the Twins were still talking about in the clubhouse the next morning.

Sano had a greater goal on his mind, though, with the Twins unexpectedly in the thick of the American League Central race.

“He whispers and he’s like, ’Playoffs. Playoffs,’” second baseman Brian Dozier said. “A couple of years ago, he probably wouldn’t have said it. His body has changed and everything. He kind of gets it now.”

As with his weight, which has been around 270 pounds for much of his major league career, the 6-foot-4 Sano must also make sure to keep that stout swing under control to stay on a thriving path.

Major League Baseball’s postmodern embrace of science and data has paved the way for the Statcast tracking system and with it another set of leaderboards measuring the strongest sluggers, fastest runners and the hardest throwers to rival the traditional races for most home runs, stolen bases and strikeouts.

Sano, entering the weekend, trailed only New York Yankees rookie sensation Aaron Judge (97.3 mph) with an average exit velocity of 95.2 mph . The eye tests that have long concluded Sano consistently crushes the ball can now be proven with facts.

Analytics, though, aren’t the reason he’ll play in his first All-Star Game at age 24 on Tuesday in Miami with plenty of family members from his native Dominican Republic in attendance.

“The Statcast thing is the worst thing for him, the exit velocity and all that crap of how far you can hit it and stuff,” Dozier said. “If he just stays with what he’s been doing, so short and just smooth and really quieting everything down, he’s got the power to do the same stuff. That’s the biggest thing: slowing the game down. He’s done a phenomenal job at the plate of doing that. You look at his walks. You look at his on-base percentage. He’s going to hit his homers. He’s going to strike out. That’s what it is, but he’s more disciplined. He’s really, I would say, grown up in the baseball aspect of it.”

Sano led the Twins at their 85-game mark with 20 home runs, 61 RBIs, 51 runs and a .910 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, a formidable start that makes it easy to forget the majors-most 116 strikeouts through Thursday for a pace just short of the record set by Mark Reynolds with 223 in 2009.

What the Twins haven’t lost sight of, though, is the commitment Sano made to improve his conditioning and defense entering his third year in the majors. The failed experiment in right field last year set an inauspicious tone for the whole season, a discouraging setback from a rookie year that saw him win the team’s most valuable player award with a mere half-season of play.

This time, Sano was more determined to make a greater impact. He’s not exactly a Gold Glove Award candidate, but he has a reliably strong arm and a surprisingly agile body for its size.

“Work from 6 in the morning until 4 p.m. and then take a little break,” he said, proudly reflecting on his offseason regimen.

Count the player responsible for catching his throws at the opposite corner of the diamond impressed.

“I can definitely see him a little more relaxed and even improving on the defensive side, too,” first baseman Joe Mauer said.

That’s the way leadership is built, with a display of maturity.

“Nowadays I think a lot of people want a finished product right away, and that’s just not how it works, especially in this game,” Mauer said. “He’s one talented guy. I see why everybody’s so excited and was so excited a couple of years ago.

“I’ve seen him asking a lot of the right questions, that progression, and that’s fun for me to see.”


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