2006_07_swrighthr.jpg-Ryan Howard wins the Home Run Derby: For once, David Wright’s enthusiasm got the best of him. Not that Mets’ fans will complain, but Wright attacked the Home Run Derby the way he does everything else: full bore. The problem was, he didn’t pace himself and after hitting 16 dingers in Round One, he could only muster another six while Howard hit 17 in the first two rounds and then slammed five in the final for the victory. Of course, some speculate that the winner of the contest is cursed, so it is probably ok that Wright lost.

-Staten Island 4 Vermont 0: Four Yankees pitchers combined to three-hit the Lake Monsters.

-Brooklyn 5 State College 4: The Cyclones fell behind 3-1, but rallied for the win.

-Steinbrenner is “optimistic” about the second half. He also thinks A-Rod will be “fine”. Does anybody else miss the good old days of George?

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