MLB plans HR Derby tour of London, Seoul and Mexico City

Four former major leaguers, including three who played for the A’s, set off on a home derby tour of London, Seoul and Mexico City.

Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that former Oakland players Jonny Gomes, Geovany Soto and Nick Swisher, along with Adrian Gonzalez, will compete in the Home Run Derby X in London on July 9, Seoul on September 17 and Mexico City on 21st of October. 15.

Gomes, Soto, Swisher and Gonzalez will be part of four teams including women’s baseball and softball players, development systems and content creators. MLB said the competition would be held on a “scaled-down version of a baseball diamond” with home plate mounted on a stage and the pitcher’s mound on a podium.

Each batter will be able to swing on 25 pitches, with home runs earning a point and catches by outfield players earning a point for the defense. There are also points for streaks and methods that MLB says are inspired by video games.

Medical report: Cincinnati infielder Donovan Solano, who played the previous three seasons with the Giants, will start the season on the injured list with a hamstring injury, MLB.com reported. … Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed, who is suffering from pain in his right shoulder, has been injected with cortisone and will not hit or throw for at least 10 days – meaning that he won’t be ready for the season opener next Thursday – MLB.com reported. Ahmed had an MRI scan on Monday. Additionally, MLB.com reported that Arizona outfielder Jordan Luplow had a Grade 1 slant strain. … Tampa Bay reliever Pete Fairbanks is expected to be out for at least six weeks with a partial tear on the right side, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Highlights of the exhibition: Paul Goldschmidt went 4-for-4 with a home run to lead a 29-hit offense as the Cardinals beat the Nationals 29-8. Albert Pujols, in his first game with St. Louis since 2011, was 1 for 3. Two Washington pitchers, starter Anibal Sanchez and reliever Cade Cavalli — a 2020 first-round pick — allowed 10 earned runs apiece. … Japanese newcomer Seiya Suzuki had his first hit for the Cubs, a two-run homer off Seattle left-hander Marco Gonzales, in Chicago’s 8-5 win.

Briefly: Outfielder Dexter Fowler, a 2016 All-Star who was limited to seven games with the Angels last season due to a torn ACL, has agreed to a minor league deal with the Blue Jays, MLB.com reported. … Right-hander Jose Ureña, who was 4-8 with a 5.81 ERA for the Tigers last season, signed with the Brewers. … The Phillies acquired reliever James Norwood, who had a 0.00 ERA in five games with the Padres in 2021, from San Diego for infielder Kervin Pichardo.

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