Marlins' Stanton credits HR Derby with helping swing

Marlins' Stanton credits HR Derby with helping swing
July 20, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Marlins' right fielder Giancarlo Stanton had two home runs and a double in the three-game series against the Giants. (AP)

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Leading up to the Home Run Derby last Monday in Minnesota, several players — Jose Abreu and Mike Trout among them — cited the myth that the Derby leads to second-half woes. Perhaps Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton can serve as evidence in the opposite direction.

The slugger, who lost 1-0 in the semifinals of the Home Run Derby to Todd Frazier, homered on Friday and Saturday against the Giants, the first two games back from the All-Star break. Stanton went into the break slumping, going homerless with a .580 OPS in his previous 15 games. As MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports, Stanton credits the Derby for helping rediscover his swing.

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