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Harper edges Schwarber to win HR Derby

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WASHINGTON (AP) The ball cleared the center field wall, and the sellout crowd roared. Bryce Harper threw his bat in the air, thrust both index fingers skyward and yelled with delight as a shower of streamers rained upon the crowd of 43,698.

It could have been a scene from a playoff game. That it was merely the All-Star Home Run Derby mattered not to Harper or the Washington Nationals fans, who were thrilled to see their hometown hero deliver the night's final longball Monday.

In the midst of it all - and in the middle of trying season - Harper grabbed the microphone and said: "This crowd: Wow! Washington Nationals, baby!"

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Scherzer vs. Sale to start All-Star Game

WASHINGTON (AP) By the time Bryce Harper gets to the plate at the All-Star Game, Max Scherzer could already be done.

Harper is batting sixth in his fifth All-Star start, the lowest he has been in the National League lineup since the No. 9 spot in 2013. Scherzer getting the start against Boston's Chris Sale is no surprise as the hometown ace, but Harper faces a much different dynamic knowing this could be the final time he's honored on a big stage by Nationals fans when he trots out to center field on Tuesday night.

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DeGrom wants to talk contract with Mets

WASHINGTON (AP) The Latest on the All-Star Game (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

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Machado won't let trade talk spoil fun

WASHINGTON (AP) On the night of the All-Star Game, Manny Machado will proudly represent the Baltimore Orioles, the only team he's played for in the big leagues.

It just might be his final appearance in an Orioles uniform. With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looming, it won't be long before the four-time AL All-Star is dealt from last-place Baltimore to a contender.

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DeGrom, Severino to pitch second

WASHINGTON (AP) The Latest on the All-Star Game (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

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Verlander loses in first game vs. Tigers

HOUSTON (AP) Justin Verlander had a puzzling day on the mound in his first-ever start against his previous team.

While Verlander racked up double-digit strikeouts, Detroit hammered four home runs off the former Tiger and snapped a six-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday.

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Brantley's HR in 8th gets Tribe by Yanks

CLEVELAND (AP) With a flight to catch, Michael Brantley quickly dressed and stuffed some batting gloves, cleats and other gear into a red-white-and-blue duffel bag.

Brantley's headed to the All-Star Game. Before leaving, he again showed why he's going.

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Down 5, Miami gets 8 in 5th to top Phils

MIAMI (AP) The Marlins' rally in the fifth lasted so long Phillies first baseman Carlos Santana headed for the dugout after the second out, thinking the inning was over.

Instead Miami scored four more runs.

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Cardinals beat Reds in Shildt's debut

ST. LOUIS (AP) Mike Shildt wasn't sure what to expect in his first day as interim manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.

He certainly didn't foresee the treatment he received in a wild post-game celebration that occurred following the Cardinals' 6-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

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