The New York Mets‘ Pete Alonso won a battle of rookies to outslug the Toronto Blue Jays‘ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and win the Home Run Derby at Progressive Field in Cleveland on Monday night. Guerrero broke Derby’s single-round record in each of the first two rounds, but after surviving an exhausting duel with Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the semifinal round, Guerrero didn’t have enough to beat Alonso in the final. Alonso, unique in the competition in sending most of his hits toward center field, then followed with 23 to spare to end it with plenty of time. He became the first Met to win the event since Darryl Strawberry was a co-champion in 1986.
Speaking of home runs, American League All-Star Game starter Justin Verlander says that the balls used in Major League Baseball games this season are “a joke” and that he believes “100 percent” that the league has implemented juiced balls to increase offense. Verlander, 36, has allowed a major league-high 26 home runs this season. Overall, players hit 3,691 home runs in the season’s first half and are on pace to hit 6,668 home runs, which would obliterate the record 6,105 hits in 2017. The All-Star game is tonight at 7:00 pm on FOX.
Free-agent guard Avery Bradley plans to sign a two-year, $9.7 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bradley is expected to clear waivers after Memphis waived him on Saturday, clearing the way for him to join a Lakers team that now includes the offseason additions of Anthony Davis and Danny Green.
Fresh off their victory at the Women’s World Cup, members of the U.S. national team, along with top NBA draft pick Zion Williamson and world No. 1 golfer Brooks Koepka, will be among the attendees at The ESPYS on Wednesday. The show honoring the past year’s top athletes and achievements airs live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Comedian Tracy Morgan will host.
Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown announced Monday night that he reached a settlement in an incident from April 2018 in which he allegedly yelled at security and threw items off a South Florida apartment balcony. Brown faced a pair if lawsuits for “damages in excess of $15,000, exclusive of” attorney fees and interest.