Is there a Home Run Derby curse?
Sure seems like it. There's no other way to explain the post-Derby performances of the eight participants.
Yoenis Cespedes , who put on a quite a show to win the competition at Citi Field on July 15, missed Oakland's first four games after the All-Star break with a sore wrist. Yes, a sore wrist. Did he hurt it while crushing 32 homers -- 17 in the first round -- in the Derby?
Cespedes, who returned to the lineup on Tuesday and has played just three of the A's seven games since the break, is 2 for 8 (.250) with one extra-base hit since his trophy-winning performance.
Meanwhile, home run leader Chris Davis hasn't hit one since that Monday night in New York. The Baltimore Orioles first baseman and his 37 first-half homers were all the hype heading into the break. But since the Derby -- where he was eliminated in the second round -- Davis is 0-for-7 games in adding to his major league-leading total. He's batting .214 (6 for 28) with three extra-base ...