NEW YORK (AP)- Yoenis Cespedes (YOH’-eh-nis SES’-puh-dez) of the Oakland Athletics edged 20-year-old Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper to win the 2013 Home Run Derby. Cespedes had nine homers in his final round to eight by Harper in the made-for-TV event that precedes the All-Star game.
NEW YORK (AP)- The selection of New York Mets ace Matt Harvey as the NL starter for Tuesday night’s All-Star game figures to be a popular one as the game is being played at the Mets home park, Citi Field. Harvey, who’s 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA, will be opposed by Detroit’s Max Scherzer, who won his first 13 decisions before losing Saturday night.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Major League Baseball says it will bolster its policies against harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation. That’s according to a new agreement provided to The Associated Press yesterday and which will be announced formally as baseball’s new policy during its All-Star game festivities today.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) – Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL’) pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from a 2012 bar fight near campus, closing a case that had dogged his Heisman Trophy-winning season. As part of a plea deal, other charges against the 20-year-old Manziel, including disorderly conduct, were dismissed.
NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Knicks have reached an agreement with forward and defensive specialist Metta World Peace, who was cut last week by the L.A. Lakers. The 6-foot-7 forward, who has averaged 14.1 points and 4.7 rebounds a game during his career, will still be paid the $7.7 million that was owed to him by the Lakers.