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We knew Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was good at drawing walks, but this is ridiculous.
Yes, during Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals, Votto took a ball to reach a 3-2 count ... but was awarded a walk and, as a result, headed to first base. No one seemed to notice the error.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, this stemmed from an extra ball being added to the stadium scoreboard. It even had the TV play-by-play crew fooled.
And although it likely didn't influence the final outcome too much -- the Reds won 8-2 -- it did come as part of a six-run seventh inning. So ... perhaps Votto's otherworldly walk-drawing did give Cincinnati an edge?
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Cespedes wins HR Derby
Yasiel Puig hit zero home runs. Giancarlo Stanton also posted a no-homer round. But when it all was over, the 2014 Home Run Derby went the same way as 2013: with Yoenis Cespedes the winner. The Oakland Athletics left fielder topped the Cincinnati Reds' Todd Frazier 9-1 in the final round, and became the first back-to-back winner of the contest since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1998 and 1999. The victory came under a new format, in which there were only seven outs, and the top hitter from each league got a bye into the finals, where they would face the winner of a playoff between the Nos. 2 and 3 hitters.