Chen is best import: report
Taiwanese left-hander Chen Wei-yin of the Baltimore Orioles has been selected as the best import by the Sporting News in its first-half review of the American League. Chen was cited by Stan McNeal as he looked at the performance of first-year players from abroad in the first half of the major league season. In the best import category, McNeal said Yu Darvish, a Japanese pitcher with the Texas Rangers, had lived up to expectations, but no one knew what to expect from 26-year-old Chen, who is entering the All-Star break with a 7-5 record and a 3.93 ERA. “When you consider the three-year, US$11.888 million deal is about US$95 million less than the Rangers have invested in Darvish, it’s safe to say that Chen has been the wiser investment so far,” McNeal wrote.
Fielder wins second derby
Detroit’s Prince Fielder became only the second player to win multiple titles in the All-Star Home Run Derby in Kansas City, Missouri, thrilling the crowd at Kauffman Stadium with eight splash shots into the right-field fountain and beating Toronto’s Jose Bautista 12-7 in the final on Monday. On a night when the Yankees’ Robinson Cano was repeatedly booed and went homerless, Fielder put on the most powerful display among baseball’s big boppers. The winner at St Louis’ Busch Stadium three years ago, Fielder hit a total of 28 home runs over three rounds to cap the main event on the eve of the All-Star game. Ken Griffey Jr won three titles, in 1994, 1998 and 1999.
Perez out for the season
Blue Jays reliever Luis Perez will miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his left elbow. The team said on Monday night that Perez would get a second opinion before a course of action is determined. Tommy John surgery is often recommended for similar injuries. Blue Jays starter Kyle Drabek is already out for the year after tearing the same ligament in his right elbow. He underwent Tommy John surgery last month. The 27-year-old Perez was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. He left Toronto’s 11-9 win over Chicago in the seventh after giving up hits to Alex Rios and Alexei Ramirez.
Camara gets year-long ban
Stade Francais fullback Djibril Camara was slapped with a year-long ban, half of which was suspended, on Monday for missing three doping tests in the past 18 months. The 23-year-old — who has to furnish information to the French Anti-Doping Agency about where he will be and when he is available for dope testing on a daily basis — was notified at the beginning of April of his missing a third dope test. “Djibril Camara has been suspended for a year, with six months suspended, by the French Anti-Doping Agency because of three ‘no shows’ for testing,” a statement said. “He will be able to play again at the beginning of December.”
Player dies after collision
Indian media reports say a player in the eastern city of Jalpaiguri has died after failing to receive medical attention following a collision with the opposition goalkeeper in a match. The Indian Express reported yesterday that 27-year-old Mahesh Thapa, who was playing for the Raikatpara Sports Association against Bhanu Nagar at a remote ground in the city, died after being refused admission to three hospitals because no beds were available. The report said Thapa was ferried between hospitals on a motorcycle because no ambulance was available.