NEW YORK — For the pride of Cuba, and for the excitement of America, this is the
Cespedes won the All-Star game home run derby Monday, beating
"Not to be disrespectful to him at all, but I know him from Cuba," Cespedes said through an interpreter. "This is not the type of competition he would be able to excel at. He's not really a home run hitter, so I believe I would win."
Puig, the Dodgers' phenom, might be more of a line-drive hitter, but he has eight home runs in 151 at-bats. Cespedes has 15 home runs in 307 at-bats.
Then again, the
"This stadium may be difficult," he said, "but it's not as difficult as Oakland."
Angels outfielder Mike Trout makes the first of what could be many All-Star starts today. In his first appearance on the fan ballot, Trout was elected a starter. On the player ballot, Trout drew the most votes of any outfielder in either league.
Brandon Phillips of the
"He can play defense. He can steal bases. He has a good arm," Phillips said.
"Everything you could think of. And he has a Subway commercial."
One and done
The Dodgers and Angels have one All-Star each, the first time since 1999 that each team has had a single star. That year, outfielder Gary Sheffield represented the Dodgers and closer Troy Percival represented the Angels.
The Dodgers' world-record payroll produced the same amount of All-Stars as the
Of course, all but Gonzalez have been on the disabled list, and the Dodgers did not climb out of last place until July. They won 17 of their last 22 games before the All-Star break.
"Small sample size," said pitcher
And more Cuba
The Dodgers are in on pitcher Miguel