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Fielder youngest with 50 HRs in a season as Brewers rout Cardinals

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- Prince Fielder didn't really want to keep his 50th home run ball as a souvenir.

The one he really wants is No. 52. And while he's at it, he wouldn't mind winning an MVP award -- all in the name of sticking it to his estranged father.

And he isn't kidding.

"No," Fielder said. "That's serious."

Fielder's reaction to becoming the youngest player ever to hit 50 homers in a season -- a feat he accomplished with two home runs in the Milwaukee Brewers' 9-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday -- provided a telling glimpse into his fractured relationship with his father, former major leaguer Cecil Fielder.

Fielder said he wants to hit 52 homers in a season and win the MVP because his father never accomplished either. Doing that, Prince Fielder said, would "shut him up."

"That's why I'm so passionate about playing," Fielder said. "I don't mind them comparing me, but I'm totally a different player. Hopefully one day, whenever they mention my name, they won't have to mention his."

Fielder's feats overshadowed the fact that the Brewers drew within two games of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central -- and Brewers owner Mark Attanasio's assertion that manager Ned Yost doesn't have to worry about his job for next season.

With a two-run homer run to right field in the first inning and a two-run homer to left in the seventh, Fielder surpassed Willie Mays to become the youngest player ever to hit 50.

Mays was 24 years, 137 days old when he hit his 50th home run in 1955, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Fielder is 23 years, 139 days old.

"It's just an awesome feat," Fielder said. "Now my kids can know at one time, their dad was pretty good."

And family clearly is important to Fielder.

Prince is guarded about the reasons behind the split with his father, who hit 51 home runs for Detroit in 1990. According to a 2004 story by The Detroit News, Cecil Fielder frittered away his baseball earnings through gambling and bad business decisions.

Cecil has been more outspoken. At a Toronto Blue Jays alumni event in June, Cecil said his son should show him more respect.

"I just don't think my son knows how to let it go," Cecil Fielder said. "I don't think he's grown up yet. Until he can move on and talk to me like he's my son, we don't need to talk."

Fielder said he wasn't offended by any one particular comment from his father -- but then made it clear that he has been paying attention to his father's public comments.

"You've got to look at who's saying it," Fielder said. "Let's be honest, he's not really the brightest guy."

On the suddenly more pleasant topic of the division race, Fielder said the Brewers still hope to surpass Chicago. With their 4-2 loss at Florida on Tuesday, the Cubs are only two games ahead of Milwaukee.

Fielder admitted he was looking up at the scoreboard.

"You take peeks, because that's what it's up there for, to look at," Fielder said. "But really, that's out of our control anyway."

Yost said he was focused on the division race, too -- and not his job status for next year. The manager has drawn criticism from Brewers fans after the team blew its 8½-game lead in June, but the team's principal owner said in several interviews on Tuesday that Yost didn't have to worry.

"Ned is fine," Attanasio told the Associated Press, declining to elaborate.

"We're in the middle of a pennant race right now and that's all I care about," Yost said.

But Yost certainly appreciated Fielder's piece of history -- and told the rest of the young Brewers that they should, too.

"It was a great thrill," Yost said. "I told the boys, 'We're watching a little history here. Remember it."'

Brewers starter Jeff Suppan (11-12) worked eight innings to beat his former team for the third time this year.

"He knows what he's doing," Cardinals center fielder Jim Edmonds said. "Even when it looks like there's a chance to do something, he's still in control. He's a big game pitcher."

Suppan said Fielder shows so much maturity in the Brewers' clubhouse that it's easy to forget how young he is.

"I think the age thing never really donned on me," Suppan said. "He's the type of player, you don't even look at his age until after the fact and you say, 'Wow, he's only 23 years old."'

Albert Pujols started his second straight game at first base for the Cardinals despite a lingering left calf muscle strain. Pujols was 2-for-3 with a walk, and still needs one more RBI to become the first player to reach 100 in his first seven seasons.

Braden Looper (12-12) gave up three home runs in five innings to take the loss.

Notes

  • RHP Ben Sheets threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, but still had some discomfort in his strained left hamstring, manager Ned Yost said. The team still has not decided whether he will start Friday night against San Diego.
  • C Johnny Estrada could be available for pinch-hitting despite having a torn medial meniscus in his left knee, Yost said.
 
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Prince Fielder unleashes his 49th homer of the season during the first inning Tuesday. (AP)
Prince Fielder unleashes his 49th homer of the season during the first inning Tuesday. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 2
R 3
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
Milwaukee

B. Hall
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
St. Louis Cardinals
David Eckstein, SS4000001 .307
   a- Aaron Miles, PH1000000 .295
Skip Schumaker, LF4110000 .317
Albert Pujols, 1B3020100 .324
    Miguel Cairo, PR-3B0000000 .264
Jim Edmonds, CF2001001 .248
    So Taguchi, CF1000001 .287
Ryan Ludwick, RF3020111 .271
Scott Spiezio, 3B-1B4030002 .264
Kelly Stinnett, C3000117 .181
Braden Looper, P2000023 .189
   b- Rick Ankiel, PH1000003 .285
    Kip Wells, P0000000 .327
   c- Russell Branyan, PH1010000 .198
Brian Barden, 2B4010001 .182
Totals33110134  
a-grounded out for Eckstein in the 9th
b-grounded out for Looper in the 6th
c-singled for Wells in the 9th
Batting
2B - Skip Schumaker (10, Suppan), Albert Pujols (34, Suppan), Ryan Ludwick (21, Suppan)
SF - Jim Edmonds (3)
RBI - Jim Edmonds (49)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - David Eckstein (20, Throwing)
St. Louis Cardinals
Braden Looper (L,12-12) 5777313 4.90
Kip Wells 3322051 5.81
Pitches-Strikes - Braden Looper 102-60, Kip Wells 59-34
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Braden Looper 10-5, Kip Wells 1-3
Batters Faced - Braden Looper 26, Kip Wells 12
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B3112120 .235
J.J. Hardy, SS5000013 .276
Ryan Braun, 3B3110000 .322
    Craig Counsell, 3B1110000 .223
Prince Fielder, 1B2324200 .291
Corey Hart, RF4000011 .294
Geoff Jenkins, LF4110011 .259
Bill Hall, CF4133000 .259
Damian Miller, C4110001 .240
Jeff Suppan, P3000013 .117
   a- Gabe Gross, PH1000000 .233
    Chris Spurling, P0000000 .000
Totals34910936  
a-popped out for Suppan in the 8th
Batting
HR - Rickie Weeks (13, Looper), Prince Fielder 2 (50, Looper, Wells), Bill Hall (14, Looper)
SF - Rickie Weeks (2)
RBI - Rickie Weeks 2 (31), Prince Fielder 4 (119), Bill Hall 3 (63)
2-OUT RBI - Bill Hall 3 (24)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Suppan-Fielder, Hardy-Weeks-Fielder, Counsell-Weeks-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Jeff Suppan (W,11-12) 8911340 4.57
Chris Spurling 1100000 4.69
IBB - Stinnett by Jeff Suppan
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 109-68, Chris Spurling 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 7-11, Chris Spurling 2-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 34, Chris Spurling 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32329
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi