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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
Mets rookie Pete Alonso won last night's Home Run Derby and was beyond impressive, pounding moonshot after moonshot (including a 453-foot bomb to the opposite field).
Yes, but: The true star of the evening was Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who hit 91 dingers — 32 more than Alonso. 91!!!
Why it matters: "Alonso is less than 90 games into his MLB career, and his victory — along with Guerrero's epic entrance into the national consciousness — is baseball's best chance in years to burn the sport into a generation's mind," writes The Ringer's Danny Heifetz.
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Yesterday's MLB news cycle began with All-Star Justin Verlander emphatically saying that the league is juicing the baseballs, adding more fuel to an already raging fire.
Verlander (via ESPN):
"It's a f*cking joke. Major League Baseball's turning this game into a joke. They own Rawlings, and you've got [commissioner Rob] Manfred up here saying it might be the way they center the pill. They own the f*cking company. If any other $40 billion company bought out a $400 million company and the product changed dramatically, it's not a guess as to what happened. We all know what happened."
"Manfred, the first time he came in, what'd he say? He said we want more offense. All of a sudden he comes in, the balls are juiced? It's not coincidence. We're not idiots. ... They've been using juiced balls in the Home Run Derby forever. They know how to do it."
Context: MLB does in fact own Rawlings, but they purchased the company last summer — more than two years into this ongoing home run surge. Obviously, that hurts the argument that the balls were suddenly altered once MLB took control.
The bottom line: I'm not sure we've ever seen anything quite like this juiced ball saga, and MLB's "nothing to see here!" stance grows more disingenuous by the day.
29-year-old Pittsburgh native Alison Riske knocked off No. 1 seed Ashleigh Barty 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 yesterday, becoming the first unseeded American to beat a No. 1 seed at Wimbledon since 1994.
P.S. … Meanwhile, in the men's bracket, the big three strolled into the quarterfinals, which begins tomorrow.
Kyle Hartzell (blue) was one of three long stick midfielders named to the All-Star Game. Photo: Courtesy of PLL
We're six weeks into the Premier Lacrosse League's inaugural season, and the All Stars have been selected.
Long Stick Midfield
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142 years ago today, the first ever Wimbledon championship was held at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Go deeper: How Wimbledon got its start
The Clippers are the second team in NBA history to add multiple 25-point-per-game scorers in one offseason.
Answer at the bottom.
Julian Alaphilippe. Photo: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images
Frenchman — and World No. 1 — Julian Alaphilippe captured Stage 3 and the yellow jersey as the Tour de France made its way into its namesake country for the first time in this year's race (started in Belgium).
Why it matters: Alaphilippe earned France's first yellow jersey since Tony Gallopin had it for a day in 2014.
"Alaphilippe attacked on the stage's second-to-last climb with a devastating burst of speed. ... He'd long targeted the stage, with its final section of sharp hills among the Champagne vineyards, as suiting his explosive strengths, and executed his plan to perfection."— AP (full article)
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DAZN, an international sports streaming company, is eyeing U.S. rights to NFL games, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
Why it matters: DAZN has been able to nab streaming rights for major leagues abroad, but so far has limited its influence in the U.S. mostly to pay-per-view type boxing matches.
Go deeper: Read Sara's piece in the Axios stream
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See you tomorrow,
Kendall "Sports, man" Baker
Trivia answer: Cavaliers in 2014 (LeBron James, Kevin Love)