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MLB notebook: Tigers manager Ausmus says Home Run Derby isn't detrimental

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Thursday, July 3, 2014, 7:42 p.m.

Brad Ausmus scoffs at the idea that the Home Run Derby could cause a slugger to go into a slump.

“It doesn't bother me if they want to do it,” the Tigers manager said before Thursday night's game against the Rays. “I find it hard to believe that one round of batting practice is going to ruin your swing for the next three months.”

The derby is part of the festivities surrounding the All-Star Game, and past winners of the contest include stars Prince Fielder, David Ortiz and Ryan Howard. Yoenis Cespedes of Oakland won last year.

There's occasional concern that the event's format — with players swinging for the fences repeatedly through multiple rounds — can lead to bad habits and fatigue.

Bobby Abreu won the contest with 41 homers in 2005 when he played with Philadelphia, but he hit just six home runs after the All-Star break that season after having 18 before it. Josh Hamilton put on a stupendous display in 2008 at Yankee Stadium, hitting 28 homers in the first round of the derby.

When the real games resumed, he hit just 11 home runs after the All-Star break after having 21 before it.

Yankees' Sabathia has rehab setback

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Also, the Yankees sent third baseman Yangervis Solarte to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and replaced him with Zelous Wheeler, who will make his major league debut.

Rockies' Arenado comes off DL

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Athletics secure Coliseum extension

The Athletics finalized an agreement on a 10-year extension to play at the Coliseum through the 2024 season. The A's will spend more than $10 million on a new scoreboard, and the Coliseum Authority will pay for any structural improvements that will be in place by Opening Day 2015. The run-down Coliseum has had multiple sewage problems in the past year and an outage affecting the outfield lights June 14.

Wrigley rooftop owners call off lawsuit

The rooftop owners surrounding Wrigley Field agreed not to sue the Cubs if the team sticks to last year's plan to install just two advertising signs in the outfield, two owners said.

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