Quick Hits: Yo The Champ Again

Yoenis Cespedes takes the HR Derby crown again.

The Oakland A's All-Star week got off to a strong start, as Yoenis Cespedes took home the title of Home Run Derby champion for the second straight year. Meanwhile, an A's outfielder made a strong bid for returning to the team later this week and a Snappers' outfielder played hero in the ninth.

Cespedes Goes Back-to-Back

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For a second straight year, Yoenis Cespedes is the champion of the MLB All-Star Home Run Derby. After a slow start in the first round of the Derby, Cespedes caught fire, steamrolling his way to an easy victory. He hit 30 homers in total, including nine in the final round to beat Reds' third baseman Todd Frazier.

To get to the second round, Cespedes had to defeat teammate Josh Donaldson in a first-round swing-off. Donaldson hit one homer in his three swings; Cespedes homered with his first two swings to move on to round two. Cespedes joins Ken Griffey, Jr. as the only player to win back-to-back Home Run Derbies.

Burns Powers Midland Rout

Billy Burns finished just a triple short of the cycle, as the Midland RockHounds routed the Corpus Christi Hooks by a score of 14-2. Burns' homer led-off the game and was his first of the season and only the second of his career. In addition to his three hits, Burns also walked twice and he scored three runs.

Jefry Marte, who was named the Texas League Player of the Week for last week, collected four hits, including his eighth homer of the season. He has a nine-game hitting streak and is batting .429 with a 1168 OPS in July.

Max Muncy also homered and had three hits, while D'Arby Myers had three hits and Blake Forsythe homered.

Chris Jensen earned the win with seven strong innings. He allowed only a run on six hits.

Reddick Shines In Rehab Outing

Josh Reddick wants to return to the A's when the regular season resumes on Friday. He made a strong statement that he was ready to be reinstated from the disabled list with his first rehab assignment with the Stockton Ports on Monday. Reddick collected four hits and walked once in the Ports' 11-1 thumping of the San Jose Giants.

Reddick homered in his first at-bat, then doubled off the wall in his second at-bat before singling twice and walking once in his next three plate appearances. He scored three times.

Daniel Robertson also had four hits and he scored three times. Matt Olson hit his 26th homer of the season, while Ryon Healy added three hits and Renato Nunez and Jaycob Brugman each had two hits. Nunez played his first game since returning from participating in the MLB Futures Game.

Jake Sanchez earned the win with six more strong innings. He allowed just one run and he struck-out eight. Sanchez has a 32:5 K:BB and a 2.81 ERA in 32 innings for the Ports since coming over from the White Sox's organization.

Marincov's Heroics Lift Snappers

Tyler Marincov hit an opposite-field, two-run homer in the top of the ninth to give the Beloit Snappers a come-from-behind, 3-2 win over the Kane County Cougars. The homer was Marincov's 10th of the year. He also doubled in the game.

Joseph Michaud earned the win with two innings of scoreless relief. He has allowed only a run in 6.1 innings since his call-up to Low-A Beloit and he has a 28:3 K:BB in 35.1 innings for Beloit and short-season Vermont this year. Bobby Wahl earned his third save with a scoreless ninth. He has a 1.29 ERA and a 19:6 K:BB in 14 innings as a reliever. He had a 7.01 ERA as a starter.

Pomeranz Activated; Optioned To Triple-A

Left-hander Drew Pomeranz had a strong rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento over the weekend. After the start, Pomeranz was activated off of the A's disabled list and optioned to Triple-A. He will join Tommy Milone as depth options for the A's should one of their current five rotation members get injured or struggle during the second half.

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