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Chicago Cubs recall Kyle Schwarber

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The Chicago Cubs will recall Kyle Schwarber from Triple-A Iowa on Thursday. Jesse Rogers of ESPN was the first to report it. It has since been confirmed by others.

Schwarber hit .343/.477/.714 with four home runs and nine RBI in his 11 games at Triple-A level. The idea of sending him down was to give him a jump start. That definitely occurred, so the Cubs now understandably want to see if carries back over to the major league level.

Schwarber has hit just .171/.295/.378 through 64 games with the Cubs, but after that minor league stint, look for him to be plugged back into the lineup, with all involved hoping they can soon pretend April-June didn’t happen.

Hometown hero Bryce Harper defeats Freddie Freeman to advance in Home Run Derby

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Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper advanced to the second round of the 2018 Home Run Derby, swatting 13 home runs to best the 12 hit by Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. Harper was a No. 2 seed to Freeman’s No. 7, so the outcome isn’t a surprise. The hometown crowd in Washington, D.C. were certainly pleased that their star has advanced.

Harper would have had 30 seconds of bonus time since he hit two home runs that went 440 feet or total, but he got to 13 with time to spare in regulation. Harper maxed out at 467 feet in distance and 113 MPH in exit velocity. When interviewed on the field after his performance, Harper said, out of breath, “I’m tired!”

The second round is set. Rhys Hoskins (17 homers) will oppose Kyle Schwarber (16). Harper (13) will take on Max Muncy (17).