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Rangers acquire Jason Grilli from Blue Jays

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The Rangers acquired right-handed reliever Jason Grilli and cash considerations from the Blue Jays on Saturday, per a team announcement. The Blue Jays will receive minor league outfielder Eduardo Pinto in the trade. In a corresponding move, Texas right-hander Preston Claiborne was designated for assignment to make room for Grilli on the 40-man roster.

Grilli, 40, got off to a rocky start with the Blue Jays this season. He produced a 6.97 ERA through 20 2/3 innings in relief, maintaining a 3.9 BB/9 and 10.0 SO/9 through 26 outings for the club. While the veteran righty started to show more promise toward the middle of June with three consecutive scoreless appearances, the Jays designated him for assignment after he stumbled to his second blown save against the Royals last month. Grilli could factor into Jeff Banister’s closer-by-committee approach and will be added to the 25-man roster on Monday as the Rangers prepare to host the Red Sox and Angels for a six-game homestand.

Pinto, meanwhile, was stashed in High-A Down East to start the 2017 season. The 22-year-old corner fielder has consistently impressed at the plate in each of the Rangers’ minor league tiers, and slashed .311/.358/.446 with four home runs and an .804 OPS through his first 191 plate appearances this year.

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.