Jesus Aguilar, Bryce Harper, Max Muncy Home Run Derby Top Seeds

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WASHINGTON — Welcome to the Home Run Derby, the annual celebration of longballs, taters, dingers or whatever you may call them. Nationals Park plays host to the event this year, featuring some of the league's top sluggers.

Defending champion Aaron Judge isn't participating on Monday night, but Bryce Harper is the big story, performing in front of fans at his home ballpark. It's the first time since 2013 that the Nationals star has taken part in the derby.

Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar, who entered as the No. 1 seed with 24 home runs at the All-Star break, was eliminated in the first round.

Keep it here updates from Washington as the home runs fly:

First round

No. 5 Kyle Schwarber (16 HR) defeats No. 4 No. 4 Alex Bregman (15 HR)

  • Schwarber – 16 HR – longest 450 feet: Fans had been waiting for years to see him tee off in the derby, and he didn't disappoint, driving balls into the upper decks in right field. Came through with two clutch homers in bonus time.
  • Bregman – 15 HR – longest 413 feet : Bregman came up just short, with two balls hitting the warning track in the final 10 seconds.

No. 8 Rhys Hoskins (17 HR) defeats No. 1 Jesus Aguilar (12 HR)

  • Hoskins17 HR – longest 463 feet: The Phillies slugger caught fire in the final minute, drilling one over the wall in dead center field as time expired.
  • Aguilar – 12 HR – longest 428 feet: Aguilar couldn't find a rhythm and was unable to pull the ball, constantly going to straightaway center. That's our first "upset" of the night.

No. 2 Bryce Harper vs. No. 7 Freddie Freeman

No. 3 Max Muncy vs. No. 6 Javier Baez

Rules

Hitters will each have four minutes per round to hit as many home runs as possible. In the first round and semifinals, hitters get one 45-second timeout. In the finals, hitters get two timeouts – one for 45 seconds and another for 30 seconds.

Players can be awarded bonus time based on the length of their home runs. Two home runs of 440+ feet (as tracked by Statcast) will result in 30 extra seconds at the end of the four minutes.

Ties are broken with a 60-second swing-off. If a swing-off ends in a tie, the hitters will engage in three-swing swing-offs until there is a winner.

Source : https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/home-run-derby-2018-live-updates-results-from-nationals-park/ar-AAAb2bK

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