The Latest: NL, AL lineups for All-Star Game announced
CINCINNATI (AP) Here are the latest developments from baseball's All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, where sluggers are competing in the Home Run Derby on Monday night before Tuesday's game to decide home field advantage in the World Series (all times local):
Hometown All-Star Todd Frazier has won the Home Run Derby at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park, outslugging Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson 15-14 in the final round Monday night in the first year of a bracket format.
The Reds' Frazier defeated Texas' Prince Fielder 14-13 in the first round and dispatched Toronto's Josh Donaldson 10-9 in the second round.
Red-clad fans chanted Frazier's name and cheered his every homer throughout the night. Tied entering his 30-second bonus round, Frazier hit the first pitch for the title.
Pederson advanced by beating Baltimore's Manny Machado in the first round 13-12 and topping the Angels' Albert Pujols, the derby's No. 1 seed, 12-11 in the second round.
For the first time, players were seeded and placed in an elimination bracket. They had four minutes per round and each hitter received a 30-second bonus for hitting two drives farther than 425 feet.
Joc Pederson continues his power display and puts Todd Frazier in a tight spot in the final.
Pederson said after the semifinal round that he's not sure his 14 homers will hold up against Frazier. But, he says: ''At least I make him work for it if he wins.''
And rookie Joc Pederson advances to the Home Run Derby final to face Reds star Todd Frazier.
Albert Pujols started off his semifinal with three straight homers but finished the first four minutes with 10.
The 35-year-old Pujols only managed one more in the bonus 30 seconds even after getting a toweling off from AL All-Star teammate Nelson Cruz during the brief break.
Joc Pederson put on another impressive display, homering to all fields in putting up a 12 with a long of 448 feet.
The Dodgers rookie awaits the result of veteran slugger Albert Pujols, who looked effortless in his first round.
It's Todd Frazier, with the clock running to zero!
Fans let out a huge roar, chanting ''Frazier! Frazier!'' as fireworks shot off after his 10th homer sailed over the center field wall on his final swing.
After a few tired hacks, he sent the tying shot off the batter's black in straightaway center field before knocking out Donaldson.
The 1998 Little League World Series champion from New Jersey faces the winner of the Joc Pederson-Albert Pujols semifinal.
Josh Donaldson led off his second round at the Home Run Derby with a nine.
Of course, the Toronto slugger is matched up against Todd Frazier so the chants for the Reds star started as soon as Donaldson took his final cut.
Frazier steps in, and the sold-out stadium is loud again.
Albert Pujols homered as the 4-minute buzzer sounded to reach 10 and knock out Kris Bryant from the Home Run Derby on Monday night.
Taking a deliberate pace, Pujols averaged 422 feet with a long of 446.
He looked at times as if he decided to save his energy for later rounds.
The final four of the bracket-style derby is now set: Cincinnati's Todd Frazier will face Toronto slugger Josh Donaldson in one semifinal, while Pujols will take on Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson for the other spot in the final.
Chicago Cubs rookie Kris Bryant put himself in precarious position, hitting nine home runs that averaged 427 mixed with a lot of foul balls and flyouts.
Bryant's high was 462 feet.
The Angels' Albert Pujols now tries to knock him out.
Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson showed perhaps the most power thus far in the Home Run Derby.
He hit 13 homers to knock out Baltimore's Manny Machado, passing Machado with more than 90 seconds left to try to hit more home runs.
Pederson stroked a pair of opposite-field homers to left center and hit 13 in all, averaging 426 feet and topping out at 487.
Another right-handed batter, Baltimore's Manny Machado, pumped out 12 home runs to left field that averaged 431 feet in the first round of the Home Run Derby on Monday night.
With the crowd somewhat subdued after spending its energy on Reds star Todd Frazier, Machado had to supply his own adrenaline. His longest drive was 469 feet.
Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson is up next, trying to get to 13.
Hometown star Todd Frazier eliminated Prince Fielder in the first round of the Home Run Derby, hitting 14 drives that averaged 422 feet.
Aiming at left field, Frazier hit a long shot of 455 feet.
The crowd loved his power, repeatedly chanting: ''Let's Go Frazier!''
Frazier tied Fielder in the waning seconds before his 30 seconds of bonus time, then used the bonus time to get the win and move on.
Frazier will face Toronto Blue Jays star Josh Donaldson in the second round.
Two-time derby champion Prince Fielder got right to it.
The Texas Rangers designated hitter connected with a 435 foot homer on his first swing and had 13 overall.
His longes home run went 474 feet, still a few rows shy of leaving the ballpark. He used his timeout with just 16 seconds left in his 30-second bonus.
Next up, Reds fan favorite Todd Frazier. And the ovation is huge.
Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays needed just three swings to get into a groove.
He ran off a streak of six home runs in a row, all to left field, and easily beat Anthony Rizzo in their first round matchup Monday night in the Home Run Derby.
Donaldson finished with nine long balls and passed up his 30-second bonus. Donaldson will face the winner of the Albert-Pujols-Kris Bryant matchup.
Anthony Rizzo took nine cuts, then stepped out of the batter's box with 3 minutes left in the round for a break. He then connected on his 11th swing for his first home run.
He just missed leaving the ballpark, with a 426-foot drive to right field that fell a few rows short of a possible dip in the Ohio River. Two of his seven homers were farther than 425 feet, so he earned himself an extra 30 seconds. He added one more drive during bonus time for a total of eight home runs in the first round.
Major League Baseball has adjusted the Home Run Derby's new format to protect against the possibility of more rain - it's an ominous forecast.
The elimination bracket stays the same, the time allotments have been changed.
Each batter will now have four minutes, instead of five, to hit as many long balls as possible. A 475-foot homer will no longer get a player a 60-second bonus. Now, a player gets an extra 30 seconds for two home runs over 425 feet.
The pairings stay the same though:
- Cincinnati's Todd Frazier is paired with two-time champion Prince Fielder of Texas in the first round. Chicago Cubs rookie Kris Bryant is together with the Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols, Toronto's Josh Donaldson is in a bracket with the Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo and Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson takes on Baltimore's Manny Machado.
The Frazier-Fielder winner faces Donaldson or Rizzo, and the Bryant-Pujols winner goes against Pederson or Machado.
The Reds' own Todd Frazier stepped into the batter's box for Home Run Derby batting practice, prompting loud ovation from the Great American Ball Park crowd.
Fans cheered each of his home runs while Frank Sinatra's ''Fly Me to the Moon'' played on the stadium PA system.
The sun is shining at Great American Ball Park after heavy rains earlier in the day, and the National League All-Stars are taking the field for batting practice.
A large billboard on an easel stands near the batting cage showing the bracket for the Home Run Derby, each player represented by his headshot. Currently, the bracket is filled out to with hometown favorite Todd Frazier beating Baltimore's Manny Machado.
New baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred does not like the idea of playing doubleheaders to create more days off during the 183-day season.
Manfred said during a town hall chat with fans on Monday that he thinks if the league does anything dramatically different, it'd be better off shortening the schedule.
Also, while Manfred intends to review Pete Rose's application for reinstatement, he has no such plans for the banned members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox.
He says the White Sox players were eligible for the Hall of Fame and were on the ballot for several years despite not being elected.
He says it's better for historians than MLB to figure out how to treat Buck Weaver and the other players involved in that scandal.
Manfred also says there is a possibility that disabled list rules may change to give teams greater flexibility. He says he wouldn't be surprised to see the duration of a player's stay on the list shortened from 15 days.
The fashion accessory of media day: children.
Matt Holliday, A.J. Burnett, Jose Iglesias, Felix Hernandez and Prince Fielder all had help at the mic during their question and answer sessions. Fielder's 10-year-old son Jadyn was given a chance to ask his dad a question.
The youngster mulled it over for a moment and queried, ''How many tattoos do you have?'' Prince couldn't give an answer. Too many to count. King Felix's son - prince Felix? - walked off with his dad's name placard.
Holliday was flanked by his sons, both with their gloves, ready to play even if dad is ineligible because he is injured. Iglesias' son got in the spirit of the Cincinnati mustache craze: He had a handle-bar mustache drawn on his upper lip.
With sold-out crowds expected at Great American Ball Park the next two nights, Delaware North Sportservice is preparing quite a feast for the fans.
In addition to serving what they estimate to be over 1 million pounds of popcorn, 301,000 gallons of soda and 263,000 hot dogs, Delaware North is hosting a pig roast - two pigs a day on a spit on the concourse beyond right field - and cooking a 64 (!) pound turkey.
The torrential downpour has stopped and workers in bright red polo shirts are sweeping away the water accumulated on a public concourse.
Home run derby news conference host Karl Ravech reassures everyone the sluggers should get to swing on Monday night.
Ravech says officials have consulted with popular Weather Channel meteorologist and storm tracker Jim Cantore, ''who loves it when it looks like the world is ending.''
Ravech says Cantore believes the derby will go on.
While it's not as immense and wacky as the spectacle that is Super Bowl media day, the NL All-Stars were grilled by more than 150 reporters for about an hour in a hotel ballroom.
Among the most unusual questions overheard on Monday ahead of the home run derby: What super power would you want? Is the hot dog a sandwich?
Pittsburgh pitcher Gerrit Cole was caught off-guard by the super power question. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo quickly offered: ''to fly.''
Rizzo was adamant that a hot dog is not a sandwich: ''A hot dog is a hot dog.''
The field at Great American Ball Park is getting soaked as weather officials in Cincinnati warn of thunderstorms.
The National Weather Service says minor flooding near Cincinnati is possible. Another wave of heavy rain is expected to arrive Monday evening.
Only one home run derby has ever been rained out - 1988's contest in Cincinnati's old Riverfront Stadium. Last year's derby was delayed for rain at Minnesota's Target Field.
There's only a 30 percent chance of storms for Tuesday's All-Star Game.
AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.