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The home-run derby will be starting around 5pm. Well, 5pm-ish. Very "ish". Here are the details and participants this year. Take a drink every time Chris Berman says "Back". We are not responsible for any resulting liver transplants.
It's a different format this year. In the first round, the five American League and five National League participants start off in the first round by each going up, alternating between the leagues - in all the rounds this year, hitters get seven outs apiece. The hitters from each league with the most home-runs move on to the semi-finals. In the second round, the second- and third-placed hitters for each league face off against each other. The winner goes on to the semi-final, to face the top hitter from their league, as decided in the first round. The winner of each league will then face off in the final, so we are guaranteed an AL vs. NL match-up. Any ties are decided by a three-swing shootout, extended as necessary to single swings.
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