Harper head­lines HR Derby field

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NEW YORK — Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als slug­ger Bryce Harper will take on At­lanta Braves first base­man Fred­die Free­man in an all-NL East matchup in the first round of the Home Run Derby on Mon­day night.

The 25-year-old Harper is the sec­ond seed at his home ball­park by virtue of his 22 homers through Tues­day’s games. Free­man, the top NL vote-get­ter for Tues­day night’s All-Star Game at Na­tion­als Park, is the sev­enth seed with 16 homers.

The field was re­vealed Wednes­day night.

Milwaukee Brew­ers first base­man Je­sus Aguilar faces Philadel­phia Phillies slug­ger Rhys Hoskins in the open­ing round. Los An­ge­les Dodgers’ Max Muncy meets Chicago Cubs in­fielder Javier Baez, and Hous­ton Astros third base­man Alex Breg­man faces Cubs out­fielder Kyle Sch­war­ber.

It’s the sec­ond Home Run Derby for Harper, and the first for the rest of the field. Harper lost to Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes in the 2013 fi­nal at Citi Field in New York.

Aguilar is the top seed with 23 homers. He also won the fi­nal NL ros­ter spot on Wednes­day for the All-Star Game.

Baez and Sch­war­ber are the 18th pair of team­mates to en­ter the same Derby. The Cubs also had two play­ers in the com­pe­ti­tion in 2015 when Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo com­peted in Cincinnati.

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