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Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. trolled everyone into thinking he was being called up

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Last week, we highlighted Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., who has been lighting up Double-A pitching. Jays fans have been wondering if Guerrero might be playing well enough to warrant a promotion to the majors. On Monday, Guerrero took advantage of the fervor and trolled everyone into thinking he was being called up.

Guerrero posted a picture on Instagram this afternoon with the geolocation tag for John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York. The Jays happen to open up a short two-game series in Queens against the Mets on Tuesday. Cue the hype.

As MLB.com’s Cespedes Family BBQ noted, Guerrero shortly thereafter removed the geolocation tag for JFK airport, adding yet more intrigue.

It turns out that Guerrero had actually posted that photo back in December, as Sportsnet’s Faizal Khamisa pointed out. It appears Guerrero then deleted the original photo from his Instagram. Guerrero has since deleted today’s post that inspired all of the detective work.

A+ trolling game, Vlad. A+.

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).