New York Report: Pedro Alvarez

Wright eliminated from Derby in 1st round

July, 15, 2013
NEW YORK -- The New York captains did not get out of the first round in the Home Run Derby.

David Wright and Robinson Cano were eliminated in the opening round of Monday's event.

Wright finished with five homers, tied with Prince Fielder for sixth. Cano was last in the eight-man event with four homers.

The top four hitters advanced: Yoenis Cespedes (17 homers in opening round), Chris Davis (eight), Bryce Harper (eight) and Michael Cuddyer (seven).

Pedro Alvarez, whose initial omission caused Wright to be jeered in Pittsburgh during the weekend, produced only six homers in the opening round and was eliminated.

Snubbed Brown, unlike Bucs fans, gracious

July, 15, 2013
NEW YORK -- Philadelphia Phillies slugger Domonic Brown handled not being picked for the Home Run Derby more maturely than Pittsburgh Pirates fans.

David Wright added Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez as an injury replacement for Carlos Gonzalez last Thursday, but Pirates fans nonetheless booed Wright throughout the weekend for the original omission.

Meanwhile, Brown -- who has 23 homers, two off the National League lead -- expressed no venom at being passed over.

"I don't understand that, man," Brown said about the Pittsburgh booing. "I don't understand why he's getting heat about it. He's the captain. He has a right to pick his team. I would have had a lot of fun with it, but he picked some great guys that drive the ball out of the ballpark. So I don't know why he's getting heat for it."

Wright has justified his pick of Michael Cuddyer in part because of their friendship since growing up together in Virginia. Cuddyer said he is doubly thankful given the heat Wright took for his selection.

"I didn't see myself being in it, so I jumped on the opportunity," Cuddyer said. "... I thanked him when he first did it. I thanked him for going to bat for me. Obviously today, after knowing what he had to go through that weekend in Pittsburgh, I thanked him again."

Cuddyer actually has beaten Wright in a Home Run Derby before, albeit six years ago. All the Norfolk, Va.-area players -- Wright, Cuddyer, Mark Reynolds, Ryan Zimmerman, B.J. Upton and Justin Upton -- gathered for a competition back in 2007 to raise money for a new high school.

"Same format. Three rounds," Cuddyer said. "I ended up squaring off against David in the final round. I beat him. He hit six, and I think I hit 14."

Alvarez 'felt bad' for Wright over treatment

July, 15, 2013
NEW YORK -- Pedro Alvarez said he feels badly about fans booing David Wright at PNC Park over the weekend.

Wright originally did not pick Alvarez for the Home Run Derby, then selected him Thursday when Carlos Gonzalez pulled out. Pirates fans still jeered Captain America for the original slight.

"I'm really good friends with David. We've always been great friends," Alvarez told reporters at Monday's All-Star media event. "I felt for the guy because sometimes things are blown out of proportion. I think that's exactly what it was.

"I obviously appreciate the support that I get from my fans and everything, but it's just one of those things that kind of got blown out of proportion. At the end of the day I'm here now. But, obviously, me and David have had a good relationship for the last few years. I felt bad for the guy."