At least three Major League Baseball teams will extend protective netting at their ballparks to prevent foul balls and broken bats from hurting spectators, a move triggered by a serious injury to a young girl at New York's Yankee Stadium this week. The Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres said they would install additional netting at their ball parks in time for opening day in 2018, extending protection that is currently limited to the seats directly behind home plate to the start of the team dugouts. "We still have some details to work out, but the bottom line is expanded netting at Safeco Field is going to happen," Mariners President Kevin Mather said in a statement.
Nelson Cruz breathed a little extra life to the Seattle Mariners' dwindling playoff hopes - and slowed baseball's hottest team in the process. Cruz hit a game-ending two-run home run in the ninth inning off closer Cody Allen, lifting the Mariners to a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night. Seattle snapped a six-game skid that all but crushed its hopes for the second wild card in the American League.
Now that he's set a Cleveland record for home runs by a middle infielder, Francisco Lindor would rather remember 2017 for a far bigger accomplishment. Lindor led off the game with his 33rd home run, and the Indians routed the Seattle Mariners 11-4 Saturday for their 28th victory in 30 games. Cleveland, which set the AL record with a 22-game winning streak this month, matched the 1884 Providence Grays for the best big league record over a 30-game span at 28-2.