partlycloudy
Monday August 3rd, 2015 3:17PM

Hamilton has record round, but Morneau wins Derby

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
NEW YORK - Josh Hamilton dreamed it. Now he's done it. With a dazzling display of power Monday night, the Texas Rangers slugger hit a record 28 homers in the first round of the All-Star Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium before he was beaten out by Minnesota's Justin Morneau in the finals.

Morneau topped a tired Hamilton 5-3 in the last round, giving him the derby title. But the night belonged to Hamilton.

Back from drug and alcohol addiction that derailed his career, Hamilton broke Bobby Abreu's mark for one round. Abreu hit 24 home runs in the first round in 2005 at Detroit's Comerica Park.

Hamilton's incredible tale of redemption has made national news this season, and he retold a story Monday afternoon about a vivid dream he had two years ago - he was being interviewed at Yankee Stadium after participating in the Home Run Derby.

"I can say it was a coincidence, but I don't believe in those," he said.

Mind you, his dream came while Hamilton was still banned from Major League Baseball, and before this year's All-Star game was awarded to the venerable ballpark in its final season.

"Obviously, the dream, I didn't know how many I would hit," Hamilton said in a TV interview after his huge first-round performance. "I just feel blessed to have played here."

With the crowd of 53,716 chanting his name, undoubtedly warmed by his improbable journey to stardom, Hamilton connected on 13 consecutive cuts before falling short of the fences on his final two.

"I got chills," he said.

With his smooth left-handed swing and jaw-dropping power, Hamilton seemed a natural choice to take advantage of Yankee Stadium's short right-field porch. But he cleared the fences with ease, hitting three shots farther than 500 feet - including his longest of 512.

"I was lucky that we got reset," Morneau said. "This was his show. He deserved to win it. That was one of the best performances I've ever seen."
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Tech's Johnson, Walker headed to Senior Bowl
Two members of Georgia Tech's defensive line have another game waiting after Wednesday night's Chick-fil-A Bowl against LSU.
8:23AM ( 6 years ago )
Lady Dogs fall to Xavier
Xavier used an 18-0 second-half run to turn a six-point deficit into a 12-post lead en route to a 56-44 win over Georgia before a crowd of 4,534 at Stegeman Coliseum on Tuesday night.
11:25PM ( 6 years ago )
Hawks push win streak to six with win over Pacers
Joe Johnson scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, and the streaking Atlanta Hawks beat the Indiana Pacers 110-104 on Tuesday night. Josh Smith had 24 points, Mike Bibby scored 15 and Al Horford added 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks, who have won six straight games and nine of 10.
11:16PM ( 6 years ago )
Sports
Falcons' Turner involved in domestic dispute
Falcons running back Michael Turner was involved in a domestic dispute Monday night with the mother of his infant child, according to Gwinnett Police.
8:13PM ( 6 years ago )
Ryan wins Offensive Rookie award
Matt Ryan is more than the face of the sensational turnaround by the Atlanta Falcons. He also is the best member of a superb rookie crop, earning The Associated Press 2008 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award Tuesday.
1:02PM ( 6 years ago )
2008 best-ever year for area sports?
Was 2008 the best-ever year for area sports? Well, it depends on your definition of best...
1:00PM ( 6 years ago )
Professional Sports
Matt Ryan feeling as young as ever in new scheme
Now in his eighth training camp with the Atlanta Falcons, Matt Ryan says he has never felt better physically before the start of the season.
12:04PM ( 3 hours ago )
Peterson, Teheran lead Braves past Phillies 6-2
Jace Peterson had three hits, including a three-run home run, and Julio Teheran pitched seven strong innings to lead Atlanta to a 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
9:59AM ( 5 hours ago )
Post Race Notes: More heartbreak for Joey Logano
Joey Logano had the dominant car at Pocono, leading 97 of 160 laps, but the driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford ran out of fuel and ran out of luck at the same time on Sunday afternoon.
By Reid Spencer-NASCAR Wire Service
8:00AM ( 7 hours ago )
John Isner wins Atlanta Open for 3rd straight year
John Isner won the Atlanta Open for the third straight year, beating Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday at Atlantic Station.
6:02AM ( 9 hours ago )
Matt Kenseth wins at Pocono
Matt Kenseth, the unexpected winner of Sunday’s Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway, had to do a double take.
By Reid Spencer-NASCAR Wire Service
8:26PM ( 18 hours ago )