Rangers improve safety after death of fan

A general view shows the area where a fan was seriously injured after falling over the railing in...

A general view shows the area where a fan was seriously injured after falling over the railing in the outfield bleachers while trying to catch a ball in the second inning of the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics MLB American League baseball game in Arlington, Texas, July 7, 2011. (REUTERS/Tim Sharp)

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The Texas Rangers will raise the height of the rails at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to improve safety after fan Shannon Stone fell to his death.

Stone, 39, toppled over the railing in left-centre July 7 as he reached for ball tossed into the stands by outfielder Josh Hamilton. He fell nearly 20 feet.

The Rangers are raising the height of all the rails in the front row of seating to "the highest standard in the U.S. at this time," according to a release.

"The safety of our fans is our top priority," Rangers CEO and president Nolan Ryan said. "The initiatives we are announcing (Tuesday) for Rangers Ballpark in Arlington will help to ensure that we meet that priority."

The team will add signage and new rules for fans, including a sign that reads: "Do not lean, sit on, or stand against rail."

In other Rangers news, Ryan was released from a Houston hospital after having tests that showed no new developments regarding his heart condition.

Ryan, 64, felt discomfort in his chest Sunday.

DIAMOND SHINES

Canadian pitcher Scott Diamond turned in a stellar performance in his major league debut for the Minnesota Twins Monday after being called up earlier in the day.

The Twins lost 6-3 to the Cleveland Indians in the nightcap of a doubleheader in Minneapolis, but manager Ron Gardenhire wasn't pinning the blame on Diamond, who allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings. Gardenhire gave Diamond, a 24-year-old from Guelph, Ont., a pat on the back when he was pulled in the seventh and the Target Field crowd responded with a loud ovation.

"I said, 'You did a heck of a job, enjoy this. These people are going to be cheering for you when you walk off. You'll never forget this moment,'" Gardenhire told MLB.com.

Diamond didn't show any nerves facing the Indians, retiring the first six batters he faced. And the adrenaline of the moment might have prevented him from wilting in the Minny heat.

"It was unbelievable," Diamond told MLB.com. "It's what every kid dreams of, especially being my major league debut, it was really exciting. I thought it was pretty good. I was able to challenge a lot of hitters and keep them off balance for the most part. I gave up a couple of big hits, but for the most part I'm pretty satisfied with it."

CARTER CONTINUES FIGHT

Former Montreal Expos catcher Gary Carter, who is battling brain cancer, was to have his final radiation treatment Tuesday, his daughter wrote on a family website.

The Hall of Famer is scheduled to have an MRI Aug. 1 to see if the radiation treatment is having any effect on his illness. His daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, said on the website the 57-year-old is gaining strength and said he was feeling better than he had in two months.

Carter was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an inoperable and fast-growing brain tumour, last month and soon after began treatment. He started the six-week treatment June 7 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C.

NO DL FOR BRAUN?

The Milwaukee Brewers are hoping to avoid putting outfielder Ryan Braun on the 15-day disabled list.

Braun tweaked a lingering left calf and hamstring strain Saturday and didn't play Monday in Arizona. He was limited to pinch-hitting duty Sunday against Colorado.

"It's not coming along real fast," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told MLB.com. "A lot of Ryan's game is his legs. He had two or three balls in Colorado that he would have beat out normally. Because he can't run, they're outs. He relies on his speed in the outfield. He's a plus defender out there, and when you don't have the speed you're used to having, it changes his game."

That said, the Brewers have listed Braun as day-to-day and Roenicke is hopeful the all-star won't need to be put on the DL.

RIGHTING RIOS

Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios has struggled at the plate most of the season but manager Ozzie Guillen sees hope.

"I'm happy for Alex," Guillen said. "I hope he's not too far from clicking. He swung (Sunday) pretty good, wasn't trying to guess at pitches, just see the ball and swing. Hopefully he continues to do that."

Guillen has seen far too many changes in the swing from Rios this season, which has messed with his mechanics.

DAVIS DOWN IN DUMPS

Injured New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis wasn't optimistic about returning to the field in 2011.

According to ESPNNewYork.com, Davis told a group of kids at a day camp in Long Island Tuesday that his injured left ankle is "not good" and may force him to sit out the rest of the season.

Davis was hurt in a collision with teammate David Wright May 10 in Denver. He had a cortisone shot last week in the hopes he'd be able to avoid surgery on the bad ankle.

If Davis's ankle is not improved in two and a half weeks, the ESPN report says, he will have surgery.

THERIOT SUSPENDED

St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ryan Theriot was suspended two games and fined Tuesday.

MLB issued the extra punishment after Theriot was ejected for making contact with umpire Mike Muchlinski while arguing a call Sunday against Cincinnati. He was to start serving the suspension Tuesday, missing the Cards game against the New York Mets at Citi Field.

Theriot is batting .282 with one homer and 32 RBI in 83 games this season.

LINE DRIVES

Lyle Overbay has been riding a hot streak for the surprising Pittsburgh Pirates. The first baseman was 14-for-41 (.341) since July 3, entering play last night, and has been a big reason the Pirates lead the Central Division ... With his thumb injury healed, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino was activated off the DL prior to Tuesday's game against the Chicago Cubs. The Phillies optioned Canadian infielder Pete Orr to Lehigh Valley to make room on the roster for Victorino ... Texas swapped minor leaguers with the Baltimore Orioles, trading pitcher Zach Phillips for infielder Nick Green. Phillips has never played in the majors while Green has 393 big-league games under his belt with seven teams, including the Blue Jays ... San Francisco Giants shortstop Miguel Tejada was diagnosed with an abdominal strain after leaving Monday's game against the L.A. Dodgers. The Giants have listed Tejada as day-to-day so it looks like he will avoid the 15-day DL ... Kansas City recalled pitcher Danny Duffy and sent pitcher Everett Teaford to Omaha. Teaford made 17 relief appearances for the Royals this season ... Oakland called up righthander Guillermo Moscoso from triple-A Sacramento to start Tuesday against Detroit and designated pitcher Jerry Blevins for assignment ... Rookie catcher Hank Conger was demoted to triple-A to clear a roster spot for pitcher Tyler Chatwood, who was called up from the minors ... The Dodgers released outfielder Marcus Thames after designating him for assignment last week after the signing of Juan Rivera. Thames appeared in 36 games with the Dodgers, batting .197 with two homers and seven RBI ... The NY Yankees put reliever Sergio Mitre on the 15-day DL with shoulder tendinitis. Mitre has given up seven earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. Pitcher Steve Garrison was called up from double-A Trenton to take his spot on the roster.


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