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Shohei Ohtani wants to compete in Home Run Derby

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Angels DH Shohei Ohtani said on Monday, through an interpreter, that he would participate in the 2019 Home Run Derby if invited, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. So far, Major League Baseball hasn’t contacted Ohtani about the event.

Ohtani, who underwent Tommy John surgery in October and won’t be cleared to pitch until 2020, would have to get the OK from team doctors before participating in the Home Run Derby. He has been able to hit with no restrictions since making his season debut on May 7.

To date, Ohtani has hit .276/.341/.493 with nine home runs and 30 RBI in 170 plate appearances this season.

Yankees first baseman Luke Voit has also expressed interest in participating in the Home Run Derby, which will take place on Monday, July 8 at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The contest has better prizes now, with the total prize pool having been increased to $2.5 million, up from $750,000. The winner gets $1 million, the runner-up gets $500,000, and the other six participants will earn $150,000

Trea Turner hits for the cycle

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner hit for the cycle on Tuesday night against the Rockies, becoming the first National to hit for the cycle since, well, himself back on April 25, 2017… against the Rockies.

Turner led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to center field off of Peter Lambert. He singled in the second, tripled to lead off the fourth, and hit an RBI double as part of an eight-run seventh inning to complete the cycle.

Turner is the fourth player to hit for the cycle this season. The others:

After completing the cycle, Turner is hitting .286/.343/.494 with eight home runs, 25 RBI, 41 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases in 277 plate appearances this season.