Abreu shows power

BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:58 AM ET

DETROIT -- Never mind following pets and kids on late night TV.

Try following Bobby Abreu of the Philadelphia Phillies in the home run derby.

Abreu opened the competition by making spacious Commerica Park resemble a tiny back yard with the wind blowing out.

Abreu, representing Venezuela, lashed a record 24 homers in the first round, including a 517-foot drive.

And this was supposed to be the first non-juiced home run derby. It might have read Rawlings on the ball, but they were flying like Titleists off the 10th tee.

And then up stepped Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jason Bay, of Trail, B.C. and he had warning track power and zero homers.

"I had fun," Bay told the crowd. "I know there's a lot of people from Canada here and I wish I would have put on a better show, but I still had fun."

In the final, Abreu defeated Ivan Rodriguez of Puerto Rico and the hometown Detroit Tigers 11-5 to win the derby before 41,004 fans.

On the night Abreu finished with 41 homers in the three rounds. His home run totals for one round, the final round and overall were records.

"I'm tired," Abreu said. "This is a beautiful night."

As Abreu was presented the trophy on the field afterwards, fellow Venezuelan all-stars Miguel Cabrera, Johan Santana, Melvin Mora, Cesar Izturis and Roy Oswalt waved a large Venezuelan flag.

"In Venezuela, they're going to be talking about this for a while," Abreu said.

After hitting 17 homers in the first round David Ortiz from the Dominican Republic, was eliminated from the second round when he had three. And Panama's Carlos Lee, 11 homers in the first round, was ousted with four.

Eliminated after the first round were Hee-Seop Choi, Korea and Andruw Jones, of Curacao with five homers each; Mark Teixeira, of the U.S. with two and Bay.

Bay became the first entrant in the home run derby to pitch a shutout since Bret Boone, of the Seattle Mariners, went homerless in 2003 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.

"I'm not the prototypical home run hitter, but I'll go out there and hack and try to pull everything," Bay said before the home run derby.

Others like Bay to go 0-for-10 in the home run derby are:

- Troy Glaus (Angels, 2001)

- Jim Thome (Indians, 1997)

- Gary Sheffield (Marlins, 1996)

- Greg Vaughan (Brewers, 1996)

- Mike Piazza (Dodgers, 1994)

- Mike Piazza (Dodgers, 1993)

- Chris Sabo (Reds, 1992)

- Howard Johnson (Mets, 1992)

- Ken Griffey (Reds, 1990)

- Jose Canseco (A's, 1990)

- Cecil Fielder (Tigers, 1990)

- Bobby Bonilla (Pirates, 1990)

- Darryl Strawberry (Mets, 1990)

- Gary Gaetti (Twins, 1989)

That's not a bad group to be listed among.


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