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2013 Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run finalists announced

The 24 national finalists in the 2013 Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run presented by Scotts, the official youth skills competition of Major League Baseball, were announced yesterday live on MLB Tonight on MLB Network. These 24 boys and girls will compete at the National Finals taking place during MLB All-Star Week in New York, NY.

The competition will take place on Monday, July 15 at 3 p.m. ET prior to Gatorade All-Star Workout Day, on the field at Citi Field. More than 600,000 youth participated in over 4,000 competitions that
took place across North America. Scotts, the "Official Lawn Care Company of Major League
Baseball," is in its first year sponsoring the grassroots program. For the fourth year in a row, a
nationwide Girls Softball Division was part of the program which allowed girls to compete and
advance separately from the boys throughout the competition.

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A complete list of finalists is below.

2013 National Finalists

7-8 Year Old Girls Age Division
Macy Richardson   Tecumseh, NE   Colorado Rockies
Olivia Feldman   Lithia, FL   Tampa Bay Rays
Haylee Allen   Campbellsville, KY   Cincinnati Reds
        
7-8 Year Old Boys Age Division
Banks Hartman   Fuquay-Varina, NC   Atlanta Braves
Walker Buchanan   Fort Myers, FL   Miami Marlins
Jacob Hufnagel   Pittsburgh, PA   Pittsburgh Pirates
        
9-10 Year Old Girls Age Division
Allison Lowrey   Bridgewater, NJ   New York Mets
Rebecka Mellor   Nokomis, FL   Miami Marlins
Avery Greider   Ft. Wayne, IN   Chicago White Sox
        
9-10 Year Old Boys Age Division
Brett Allen   Mechanicsville, VA   Washington Nationals
Carter Krawchuk   St. Catharines, ON   Toronto Blue Jays
Parker Lee   Friendswood, TX   Houston Astros

11-12 Year Old Girls Age Division
Haley Loffer   Hayden, ID   Seattle Mariners
Renee Cho   Rancho Cordova, CA   Oakland Athletics
Sophie Dubreuil   Niantic, CT   New York Mets
        
11-12 Year Old Boys Age Division
Ty Bender Woodland, PA Pittsburgh Pirates
Jaden Lyburtus   Guadalupe, CA   Los Angeles Dodgers
Colten Shumway   Enoch, UT   Colorado Rockies
        
13-14 Year Old Girls Age Division
Grace Lyons   Glendale, AZ   Arizona Diamondbacks
Laura Farnsworth   Frankenmuth, MI   Detroit Tigers
Madison Wiltrout   Connellsville, PA   Pittsburgh Pirates
        
13-14 Year Old Boys Age Division
Alexander Tappen   Lower Gwynedd, PA   Philadelphia Phillies
Jackson White   Charleston, SC   Atlanta Braves
Ryan Lewis   Swansea, MA   Boston Red Sox

Pitch, Hit & Run (PHR) invites youth to demonstrate their skills by competing in pitching, hitting and running competitions. PHR participants advance through four levels of competition, beginning at the local level, which is hosted by organizations, leagues, or volunteers within a community, and continuing through sectional and team competitions. All 30 MLB Clubs hosted team championships at their ballparks on weekends from June 1 through June 30. The top three competitors nationwide from each age group (7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14) advanced to the 2013 Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run presented by Scotts National Finals.

The 2013 All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field on Tuesday, July 16th. The 84th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. Pregame ceremonies will begin at 7:30 p.m. (EDT).

ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or mets.com/asg.

About ScottsMiracle-Gro
With nearly $3 billion in worldwide sales and more than 8,000 associates, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Scotts Company LLC, is the world's largest marketer of branded consumer products for lawn and garden care. The Company's brands are the most recognized in the industry. In the U.S., the Company's Scotts®, Miracle-Gro®, and Ortho® brands are market-leading in their categories, as is the consumer Roundup® brand, which is marketed in North America and most of Europe exclusively by Scotts and owned by Monsanto. In the U.S. the Company operates Scotts LawnService®, the second largest residential lawn care service business. In Europe, the Company's brands include Weedol®, Pathclear®, Evergreen®, Levington®, Miracle-Gro®, KB®, Fertiligene® and Substral®. For additional information, visit us at www.scotts.com.

About Major League Baseball Properties
The Major League Baseball Clubs formed Major League Baseball Properties (MLBP) in 1966 as the Clubs' agent for marketing and trademark licensing and protection. Major League Baseball Properties is responsible for managing consumer licensing activities, developing national advertising campaigns, cultivating sponsorship opportunities with major consumer brands and corporations, growing the game and the business of baseball outside the United States and creating national marketing programs in conjunction with Clubs, broadcast rightsholders and national sponsors. MLBP also operates a full-service video and audio production unit (Major League Baseball Productions), a publishing division and stock photo licensing agency, and manages logistics for the All-Star Game and World Series as well as all other special events. For more information on Major League Baseball, log on to www.MLB.com.

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