It’s the night before the All-Star Game (Tuesday, 7:30 ET, FOX), which means it’s time for the Home Run Derby — only this year, it looks a lot different.
Several changes to the previous format should give fans a new experience for this year’s edition at Target Field. Here are the key points to note:
* There will be 10 competitors, five for each league, instead of the eight from previous years;
* The competition will be set up bracket style, with one champion in each league facing off for the title;
* Each batter will receive seven outs instead of 10 in each round;
* Home run totals will NOT carry over to successive rounds;
* The first round will eliminate the bottom two performers from each league, then seed the others one to three, with the top seed in each league receiving a bye to the semifinals and the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds squaring off in the second round;
* The winners of those second-round matchups face off against the No. 1 seed from their respective league in the semis;
* The winners of the two semis face off in an American League vs. National League final.
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Frazier defeated Morneau 1-0 in an NL tiebreaker to advance to the second round, while defending champion Cespedes beat Donaldson 2-1 in to move on in the AL.