Associated Press TORONTO -- After speaking with the family of the young girl hit in the face by his foul ball, New York Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier thinks teams should move quickly to expand protective netting at major league ballparks. "I think 2018, that's too late," Frazier said Friday. "It should be up sooner than that." Frazier spoke Thursday to the father of the girl struck by his 105 mph foul ball in Wednesday's game against Minnesota at Yankee Stadium. The girl remains hospitalized. Frazier said her father told him she is "OK." "He told me not to stress over it. We understand how upset you were. It's nobody's fault and just one of those freak accidents,'' Frazier said before Friday's
In the wake of the incident Wednesday in which a young girl was injured by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium, four MLB teams Thursday announced plans to extend the protective netting at their ballparks. Saying that their “ongoing commitment to providing the best ballpark experience includes maintaining the safety and security of our fans,” the Cincinnati Reds announced they would extend their netting to the ends of each dugout, starting in the 2018 season. Most teams currently have netting that protects the seats behind and near home plate but ends at each dugout, as MLB recommends but does not mandate for its 30 franchises. The San Diego Padres also said they would install netting to the end of each dugout in time for the 2018 season, following “several months of planning.” The Colorado Rockies and Seattle Mariners were less specific about what they would do with their netting, but both pledged to expand it at their ballparks.
CINCINNATI -- Staggered by Scooter Gennett's grand slam in the first inning, the Boston Red Sox regrouped and finally put some distance between themselves and the Yankees. Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer Friday night, and the Red Sox extended their A.L. East lead to four games with a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Boston added to its lead with the help of the Yankees' 8-1 loss at Toronto. The Red Sox have won 12 of 15, keeping the Yankees at bay while moving a season-high 25 games over .500 at 89-64. The Red Sox already have clinched a playoff berth and home-field advantage for the wild-card game, if it would come to that. Boston has never played a wild-card game, and doesn't want