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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. wins epic second round Home Run Derby battle with Joc Pederson

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Just over an hour after Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. set the single-round Home Run Derby record with 29 home runs — and tied his own record in the second round — Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson tied him with 29 home runs in the second round. That forced the two players into a one-minute playoff where each player hit eight home runs and forced a “swing-off” in which each player gets three swings. Each hit one home run, forcing another “swing-off.” Guerrero hit two and Pederson hit only one.

At the end of it, Guerrero was credited with 40 second-round homers — the new single-round record — and Pederson 39. Guerrero already has the record for most home runs in an entire Home Run Derby with 66 (excluding swing-offs), surpassing the 61 Giancarlo Stanton hit in 2016. Pederson is in third place with 58.

Guerrero is now in the 2019 Home Run Derby finals, awaiting the winner between Pete Alonso and Ronald Acuña Jr.

This has been perhaps the best Home Run Derby ever. The single-round record was broken by Guerrero, who then tied his own record, and Pederson then tied that record before the series of tiebreakers. The single-derby record was broken. Unbelievable, really. (More believable if you’ve been following the controversy over the “juiced” baseball, but still.)

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.