Mariners call up hard-throwing reliever Stephen Pryor

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Seattle is adding a power arm to the bullpen, calling up right-hander Stephen Pryor after the 2010 fifth-round pick posted a 0.64 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 28 innings between Double-A and Triple-A.

Pryor was similarly dominant in his first two pro seasons as well and arrives in the majors with a 2.87 ERA and 155 strikeouts in 113 innings as a minor leaguer, although his control is a big question mark after he walked 4.6 batters per nine frames.

Pryor works in the mid-90s with his fastball and has been clocked in the triple-digits at times, so if he can improve his control from terrible to merely bad he might have a future as the Mariners’ closer.

Brian Dozier, Todd Frazier, and Didi Gregorius say teams should expand protective netting

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Earlier, a young fan was struck by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium and had to be carried out before being taken to a hospital. Fortunately, it seems that the fan is okay.

As usual, when a scary incident such as today’s occurs, players come out in full support of expanding the protective netting at ballparks. Twins second baseman Brian Dozier as well as Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier and shortstop Didi Gregorius all said as much after Wednesday afternoon’s game.

Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis has also been a very vocal proponent of increased netting. For the most part, the players are pretty much all in agreement about the subject. It’s only a vocal minority of fans who seem to think that their ability to snag a random souvenir or have an unimpeded view supersedes the safety of their neighbors.

Video: Giancarlo Stanton hits a laser for his 56th home run

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Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton continued his march towards 60 home runs, hitting No. 56 in Wednesday afternoon’s win against the Mets. The Marlins, leading 7-2 prior to Stanton’s two-run blast in the bottom of the eighth, didn’t need the extra run support but welcomed it all the same. Mets reliever Erik Goeddel tossed a 1-1, 78 MPH curve that caught too much of the plate.

After Wednesday’s action, Stanton is batting .279/.378/.634 with 120 RBI and 116 runs scored along with the 56 dingers in 646 plate appearances. The last player to hit at least 56 home runs in a season was Ryan Howard (58) in 2006. Stanton’s is the 19th player-season of at least 56 homers.