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Beltran bests Delgado in home run contest

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- One Mets star named Carlos bested
another Monday in a home-run duel in their native Puerto Rico.

Carlos Beltran defeated Carlos Delgado 8-6 in a one-on-one
competition at San Juan's Hiram Bithorn Stadium, a site in the
upcoming World Baseball Classic in March.

It was a friendly competition for the hitters, who had 10 outs
to see who hit the most homers before a crowd of about 7,000
students in a benefit for the scholarship fund of the Puerto Rico
Baseball Academy and High School.

Beltran said the conditions were favorable for his win.

"The aluminum bat always helps a bit ... and the wind was
blowing toward right field," he said.

On hand were several Mets officials, including general manager
Omar Minaya and chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon.

Delgado, who batted second, got off to a promising start with
five consecutive home runs without any outs. Then he only managed
one more homer before his 10th out.

Beltran beat Delgado in the team portion, with his squad winning
18-7.