ASSOCIATED PRESS: NEW YORK — Josh Hamilton has hit a record 28 homers in the first round of the All-Star Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium. The Texas Rangers’ slugger, back from drug and alcohol addiction that derailed his career, broke Bobby Abreu’s mark for one round with a dazzling display of power Monday night. MORE
INQUIRER: Chase Utley is not much of a fan of the limelight. But Utley inadvertently put himself into the type of situation he loathes when he uttered an obscenity as he was introduced before the Home Run Derby tonight at Yankee Stadium. As Utley ran onto the field to stand next to Florida Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla, New York Mets fans lustily booed Utley. To which Utley responded, “Boo? [Expletive].” Utley isn’t the first person to utter those words to Mets fans, but he clearly said it in jest. He obviously did not realize that the ESPN wireless microphone he wore would put his words live on TV for millions to hear. It did, and it took about, oh, five minutes for the video to be posted on YouTube, where his words clearly are audible. “I do want to apologize because it was definitely a poor choice of words,” Utley said after he hit five home runs, failing to advance to the second round. “I really didn’t mean anything by it. I was kind of just joking around with my buddy over there [Uggla], so again, I do want to apologize.” MORE
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[Hat tip to ROWDY YATES]