Bregman, Pederson join All-Star Home Run Derby

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              Houston Astros' Alex Bregman watches his solo home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Peter Lambert during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Houston’s Alex Bregman and Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers have joined the field for Monday’s All-Star Home Run Derby.

The pair, announced Wednesday, will compete with Atlanta’s Ronald Acuña Jr., the New York MetsPete Alonso, Pittsburgh’s Josh Bell, Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cleveland’s Carlos Santana and Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich.

Bregman lost in the opening round of last year’s derby but went on to win All-Star Game MVP. Pederson finished second to Todd Frazier in the 2015 derby and hasn’t competed since.

First-round brackets, based on season home run totals through Tuesday, have matchups of Yelich-Guerrero, Alonso-Santana, Bell-Acuña and Bregman-Pederson.

The winner will get $1 million of $2.5 million in prize money, the losing finalist $500,000 and the six other participants $150,000. The player with the longest home run gets an extra $100,000.