Monday, July 10, 2006
Derby contenders: Representing the National League in tonight's Home Run Derby (ESPN, 8 p.m.) are the Astros' Lance Bergman, the Marlins' Miguel Cabrera, the Phillies' Ryan Howard and the Mets' David Wright. Hitting for the American League will be the White Sox's Jermaine Dye, the Blue Jays' Troy Glaus, the Red Sox's David Ortiz and the Orioles' Miguel Tejada.Team USA wins: In Sunday's Futures Game, Team USA defeated World, 8-5. Sean Smith, a righthander for the Double A Akron Aeros (Indians), faced two batters, walking one and giving up a double to Wladimir Balentien. He was relieved by Josh Sharpless of Triple A Indianapolis (Pirates) who retired all four batters he faced. Starting catcher Neil Walker of Class A Lynchburg (Pirates) played three innings for Team USA and grounded out in his one at-bat.Sizemore legacy: Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore was the 2003 Futures Game Most Valuable Player. Sizemore will make his first All-Star appearance Tuesday.Then and now: Seven participants in Tuesday's All-Star Game are alumni of the Futures Game: Berkman, Cabrera, Mark Buehrle, B.J. Ryan, Alfonso Soriano, Vernon Wells and Barry Zito. Among the Futures alumni who have been All-Stars are Indians lefthander C.C. Sabathia, Indians catcher (and former Scrapper) Victor Martinez and Cubs infielder (and former Pirate) Aramis Ramirez.Glavine out: Mets pitcher Tom Glavine will be at the All-Star Game, but will not play. Sunday, National League manager Phil Garner names Brewers lefthander Chris Capuano (10-4, 3.21) to replace Glavine. This will be Capuano's first All-Star appearance.Anthem Idol: Carrie Underwood, the 2005 winner of "American Idol," will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Tuesday's All-Star Game. FOX coverage begins at 8 p.m.