If David Wright knew that shaving his head would end a 13-game homerless drought, he probably would have done the deed weeks ago.
Wright stunned his New York Mets teammates Saturday when he showed up with his new military-style ‘do. A few hours later, he opened the second inning with a home run off New York Yankees starter Sean Henn.
“I’m trying as much as I can to look like Cliff (Floyd),” Wright said, “so some of that power will rub off on me.”
It was Wright’s first homer since a June 9 blast off Andy Pettitte and his 11th in 74 games this season. In his rookie year, Wright totaled 14 homers in 69 games.
Whatever spark Wright provided in the game was nothing compared with the commotion he caused before.
“Oh, no!” Pedro Martinez yelled. “Who did that to you? We’re going to get him later!”
Astros honor Wynn
The Houston Astros retired the uniform number (24) of three-time All-Star Jimmy Wynn, honoring the slugging exploits of the “Toy Cannon.”
A pregame ceremony was held before the game against the Texas Rangers, with Wynn driven around Minute Maid Park in a black sedan to a standing ovation. Wynn clearly reveled in the cheers, flashing a big smile and waving to the fans.
Wynn, 63, played with the Astros from 1963-73.
Wynn ranks among Houston’s top 10 in homers (223), runs (829) and hits (1,291).
Clearing the bases
Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood, who is on the DL with a strained shoulder, will likely start Wednesday against Milwaukee, manager Dusty Baker said. … Arizona will be without Luis Gonzalez for at least three days because of a death in the family. … Los Angeles Angels right-hander Kelvim Escobar will undergo surgery on his right elbow, and is expected to be sidelined at least two months. … Atlanta optioned third baseman Andy Marte to Triple-A Richmond and recalled right-hander Roman Colon.
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