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Like father, like son: Vlad Guerrero Jr. shines as All-Star


DENVER (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. admired his 468-foot screamer for a moment before bouncing into his triumphant home run trot at the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

The Toronto Blue Jays slugger crushed a slider from Milwaukee's Corbin Burnes in the third inning that almost cleared the left field bleachers at cavernous Coors Field.

Gone in a heartbeat.

NL shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. immediately put his glove on his head and slowly turned around to watch the ball leave the yard.

“Wow,” Tatis said. “It was a moonshot. It was something impressive. He's been doing it all year. Why not show it off here?”

Guerrero, whose father homered off Brad Penny in the 2006 All-Star Game, put the American League ahead 2-0 with the shot into the last row.

The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Guerrero has 28 homers in 2021.

His solo shot off Burnes was the longest homer at the All-Star Game since Statcast began tracking in 2015.

He added a run-scoring groundout in the fifth that made it 3-0.

The AL won its eighth straight All-Star Game 5-2.


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Arnie Stapleton, The Associated Press

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