MLB tweaks Home Run Derby rules because of the weather in Cincinnati

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A few hours ago, it didn’t look like there would be a Home Run Derby today. However, the weather has cleared up in Cincinnati and there should be enough of a window to get this thing in. MLB has tweaked the rules of the derby to push things along:

MLB announced new rules for the Home Run Derby last month, which included five-minute rounds and the ability to stop the clock with each home run in the final minute. Players were also supposed to get a bonus minute for hitting two home runs that equal or exceed 420 feet. Nice ideas, but with more bad weather on the way, they needed to speed things up.

Perhaps this will end up being a happy accident. The biggest issue with the Home Run Derby is that it drags on forever. MLB tried to address those concerns with the original rule changes, but these latest alterations should create a brisk pace. Here’s hoping, anyway.

Batting champion Luis Arraez beats Marlins in salary arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — AL batting champion Luis Arraez won his salary arbitration case and will get a $6.1 million salary from the Miami Marlins, who acquired the infielder from the Minnesota Twins last month.

Miami argued for a $5 million salary during a hearing before John Stout, Mark Burstein and Scott Buchheit. Arraez received a raise from $2.2 million.

Arraez hit .316 with eight homers, 49 RBIs and a .795 OPS last year for Minnesota, starting 61 games at first base, 34 at designated hitter and 31 at second. The 25-year-old was traded on Jan. 20 for starting pitcher Pablo Lopez and a pair of prospects: infielder Jose Salas and outfielder Byron Chourio.

Arraez is eligible for free agency after the 2026 season.

Seattle defeated Diego Castillo in the first salary arbitration decision this year, and the relief pitcher will get a raise to $2.95 million rather than his request of $3,225,000.

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.