- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 14, 2009

From combined dispatches

ST. LOUIS | Prince Fielder beat the hometown boppers on their own turf.

With Albert Pujols and Ryan Howard eliminated early, Fielder won baseball’s home run derby on Monday night with a steady power display that included a drive estimated at 503 feet.

The Milwaukee Brewers’ first baseman outslugged Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz 6-5 in the finals at Busch Stadium to take home a title that St. Louis fans surely hoped would go to one of their own.

Pujols, the Cardinals’ big first baseman, and Howard, who grew up in the Gateway City, were knocked out in the second round.

This year’s All-Star festivities were supposed to belong to Pujols in his home ballpark. But Fielder snatched the spotlight in the annual All-Star Game warmup.

Lincecum, Halladay to start

Tim Lincecum plans to enjoy this trip to the All-Star Game much more than his last one. The first thing he has to do is stay healthy so he can pitch.

The baby-faced San Francisco Giants ace was picked to start for the National League on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium. Toronto right-hander Roy Halladay will get the ball for the AL.

Last year’s NL Cy Young Award winner, Lincecum is 10-2 with a 2.33 ERA, making him a natural choice for NL manager Charlie Manuel. Despite a slight, boyish build, the 25-year-old right-hander is tied for the major league lead with 149 strikeouts.

Lincecum made the All-Star team last season but missed the game at Yankee Stadium because he was ill. Asked on Monday whether he would take any precautions to make sure he doesn’t get sick again this year, Lincecum said he would load up on fluids to remain hydrated and have Giants teammate Matt Cain “put a leash around my neck, keep me in a room.”

Lincecum and Halladay each pitched Thursday, so both will be on their regular four days of rest.

Obama in the booth

President Obama will be in the Fox broadcast booth for Tuesday night’s All-Star Game.

Fox spokesman Lou D’Ermilio said Obama will join Joe Buck and Tim McCarver for the telecast from Busch Stadium but that the inning had not yet been determined.

Obama is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols will be on the receiving end.

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