PITTSBURGH, PA -- When Andrew McCutchen steps to the plate, more often than not, he does something special. In the final game before the All-Star break, McCutchen put on a display of why he's worthy of National League MVP conversations.

After Neil Walker doubled off San Francisco's Tim Lincecum with one-out in the first inning, McCutchen took a 3-2 pitch from the right-hander that he launched for his 17th home run of the season.

McCutchen went on to pick up two more hits -- his final hit being his second long ball of the game. The center fielder crushed the first pitch into the right-center field seats for No. 18 on the year.

Although McCutchen will partake in the home run derby on Monday representing the National League, the 25-year-old isn't considered to be a long ball hitter. ...

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