- The first release numbers for All-Star Game balloting was released yesterday for the National League and four Mets are leading in the yearly popularity contest. Jose Reyes, David Wright, Paul Lo Duca, and Carlos Beltran lead at their respective positions, with Beltran as the leading vote-getter in the National League across all positions. Reyes and Wright made their first appearances at the "Midsummer Classic" last season, while Lo Duca is a four-time All Star and Beltran is a three-time All-Star. The 78th All-Star Game will be played in San Francisco on July 10th, home of Barry Bonds, who trails Beltran in outfield voting. AL vote tallies will be announced later today.
- If you like your baseball juiced up (who doesn't?), Shea is the place to be tonight. Not only is Barry Bonds in town, but pitcher Guillermo Mota returns from a 50-game suspension for using a performance-enhancing drug. Mota, acquired from Cleveland last August, was 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 18 appearances for the Mets. The Mets are welcoming back the 34 year-old reliever with open arms. Keep in mind one difference between Bonds and Mota, only one actually failed a drug test.
- Fans of the Yankees and nice weather are in for a treat - Pinstripes in the Park. Tonight in Bryant Park, they can watch the Bronx Bombers fight to get out of last in the AL East against the Toronto Blue Jays. Admission is free (though not guaranteed) and the first 3,000 fans get a free blanket. There will be beer for purchase as well as other concessions. You can't bring alcohol, glass bottles, chairs, or pets (sorry, canine Yankee fans). The lawn opens at 5:30 and gametime is 7:05. There is also a Yankees Legends autograph session from 6-7:30. Scheduled to appear are Roger Clemens, Tino Martinez, Dave Winfield, Joe Girardi, and Whitey Ford.
Quick Hits: All Star Voting; Mota Back; Yankee Watching
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