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Baseball: Cespedes dominates home run derby

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Oakland A's slugger Yoenis Cespedes defended his title at Major League Baseball's home run derby on Monday, joining Ken Griffey as the only players to win back-to-back crowns.

The 28-year-old Cuban crushed Cincinnati Reds infielder Todd Frazier 9-1 in the final round at Target Field stadium, the home of Major League Baseball's Minnesota Twins.

Cespedes, who hit a total of 30 home runs, led off the final round of the annual long ball showcase, which was delayed one hour at the start because of rain. The former Cuban national baseball team member finished two homers shy of his total in 2013.

His power display included a home run that sailed 452 feet into the outfield seats.

Cespedes stepped up to the plate in the final round after hitting 21 homers in the first two rounds.

He became the fifth consecutive American League player to win the derby. Prince Fielder was the last National League player to take the title in 2009.

Griffey won back-to-back titles in 1998-99.

The home run hitting contest kicks off MLB's all-star game week.

The all-star game itself takes place Tuesday night at Target Field.

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