Witness in Bryan Stow case dies suddenly

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The Los Angeles Times reports that a key witness in the beating case of Bryan Stow died suddenly Sunday, apparently of an allergic food reaction.

Law enforcement sources told the Times that Matthew Lee died after eating a salad that apparently contained nuts.  The coroner’s office has not released a cause of death, however.

Lee is said to have been an important witness in the case against Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, who are accused of beating Stow into a coma after a March 31 Dodgers-Giants game at Dodger Stadium.  Lee was one of the friends that attended the contest with Stow.

Sanchez and Norwood made their first court appearances Monday, but their arraignments were postponed until Aug. 10.  Police sources informed the Times that evidence against the duo includes cellphone records and photos.  Also, Sanchez’s sister, who also happens to be Norwood’s long-term girlfriend, has implicated the two.

Video: Cole Tucker’s first MLB hit is two-run homer

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Pirates prospect shortstop Cole Tucker stepped up for an injured Erik González on Saturday and wasted little time proving that he was ready to shoulder major-league responsibilities. After starting the game 0-for-2, Tucker pounced on Derek Holland‘s 2-2 sinker and sent it out to center field for a two-run shot in the fifth inning.

Following the tie-breaking blast, Tucker responded to cheers from the crowd with… perhaps a little more ceremony than the occasion required. He was the second of the Pirates’ prospects to record his first major-league hit during the game, as outfielder Bryan Reynolds also hit a single off of Holland in the fourth.

Jung Ho Kang struck out to end the inning, after which a rain delay was called. The Pirates currently lead the Giants 3-1.