The fan who fell at the Rangers game is doing OK

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The fan who fell from the upper deck at Tuesday’s Rangers-Indians game is alert, joking and generally doing OK, reports the Dallas Morning News.

Tyler Morris — a 25 year-old firefighter — suffered a fractured skull and a sprained ankle, but he was conscious when the squad got to him and is doing about as well as one could hope at a Fort Worth hospital.  He tells his story in the DMN article, but it’s pretty much what you’d expect: a foul ball came his way, he went for it, lost his balance and down he went.  He remembers going over the edge but doesn’t remember the impact or anything after that.  The brain — and its ability to preserve itself and its owner’s sanity — is a wonderful thing sometimes.

Much of the article is devoted to wondering whether the rails around the upper deck at the Ballpark at Arlington are high enough.  I guess this kind of talk is to be expected anytime something like this occurs.

Personally, I think that this is one of those situations where a little more personal responsibility is probably sufficient to handle the situation.  This strikes me as a different deal than netting to protect people from foul balls.  In that situation, fans can be hurt merely if they take their eyes off the field for a few moments.  With the railing thing, it takes a bit more in terms of active, reckless agency for someone to get into trouble. No one forces you to leap or even lean for a foul ball, after all.

Ultimately, this is one of those freakish things that you hope never happens but, inevitably, does.

Video: Athletics tie home run record on the road

Franklin Barreto, Stephen Piscotty, Mark Canha
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The Athletics tied a league record on Saturday thanks to Stephen Piscotty, who launched a two-run, 396-foot home run off of the White Sox’ Dylan Covey to put the club on the board in the second inning. The homer may not have erased the five-run deficit the A’s were working against, but it extended their home run streak to 24 consecutive road games — tying the 1996 Orioles for the longest home run streak on the road in 22 years.

Following Piscotty’s blast, they eventually tied things up in the fifth inning with a sac fly from Dustin Fowler and a two-run double off the bat of Jed Lowrie. Daniel Mengden, meanwhile, was forced off the mound after just two innings; he expended 44 pitches and gave up five runs on four hits and two walks.

The Athletics are currently tied with the White Sox 5-5 in the fifth. They’ll attempt to get a leg up in the series finale — and earn the standalone league record for most consecutive road games with a home run — when right-hander Paul Blackburn and southpaw Carlos Rodon go head-to-head on Sunday at 2:10 PM ET.