Forecast of heavy rain, storms threatens Home Run Derby

A tarp covers the field before scheduled batting practice and the All-Star baseball Home Run Derby, Monday, July 13, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
A tarp covers the field before scheduled batting practice and the All-Star baseball Home Run Derby, Monday, July 13, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI (AP) – The Major League Baseball Home Run Derby is under the threat of being washed out by mother nature.

Heavy rain fell in Cincinnati on Monday afternoon, with another wave expected in the evening. The derby was scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday at Great American Ballpark.

Predictions showed a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m., according The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1UTT6so).

Only one Home Run Derby has ever been rained out – 1988’s contest in Cincinnati’s old Riverfront Stadium. Last year’s derby was delayed for rain at Minnesota’s Target Field.

There was only a 30-percent chance of storms for Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

Duke Energy said Monday evening that about 35,000 customers were still without power from the storms in southwest Ohio.

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