There are still All-Star tickets available at face value

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A guy I follow on Twitter has pointed out that you can still buy tickets to tomorrow’s All-Star Game. Not on the StubHub or from a ticket scalper, but from the Marlins website on MLB.com.

I plugged in a request for two “best available” tickets and it came back with two Vista Level tickets at face value: $280 a pop. That will put you on the top deck, behind home plate. Not the best seats in history, but we’ve all sat in worse seats, I’m sure.

I don’t know how common this is a day before the All-Star Game. I also know that, no matter how close to game time you can still get tickets from official channels, MLB Is likely to say it’s sold out. There’s a lot of messiness in this stuff and, if worst comes to worst, one of MLB’s sponsors will probably just buy up the remaining inventory to make it official.

Still, seems weird to me that you can still go to MLB.com and get face value tickets for the All-Star Game less than 36 hours before things get underway.

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.