MLB notebook: Dodgers found partly responsible in fan beating
A Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a stadium parking lot beating won his negligence suit against the Dodgers on Wednesday, with a jury awarding about $18 million but dividing responsibility among the club and the two men who beat him.
Plaintiff's attorney Tom Girardi said the verdict means the Dodgers must pay about $14 million in economic losses and a portion of a separate sum for pain and suffering, which adds about $1 million more.
The jury delivered its verdict in a Los Angeles courtroom after weeks of testimony about the assault on Bryan Stow outside Dodger Stadium after the Opening Day game in 2011 between the rival teams.
Dave Stow said his brain-damaged son probably wouldn't understand the details of Wednesday's verdict.
“But Bryan will know that he got some help today,” he said.
Lawyers for the 45-year-old Stow claimed the Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt failed to provide adequate security at the stadium. The defense countered that security was stronger than ever at an Opening Day contest and Stow was partially to blame because he was drunk.
Dodger fans Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood pleaded guilty in the attack after a lengthy preliminary hearing in which witnesses said security guards were absent from the parking lot where Stow was attacked.
• Yankees rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to elbow inflammation and has returned to New York to have an MRI on his right arm. Tanaka, who leads the majors with 12 wins, allowed five runs and 10 hits — both career highs — in 6 2-3 innings in a 5-3 loss to the Indians on Tuesday night. The All-Star is 12-4 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 starts, but has lost three of his last four outings. Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara will replace Tanaka in the All-Star Game. Tanaka went back to New York for an MRI, but manager Joe Girardi said there is no prognosis yet. “We won't be sure until he actually sees the doctor, and we'll go from there,” Girardi said. Tanaka began the season 11-1 with a 1.99 ERA, but hasn't been as effective in his last four starts, going 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA.
• The Red Sox designated catcher A.J. Pierzynski for assignment and called up catching prospect Christian Vazquez from Triple-A Pawtucket. The 37-year-old Pierzynski hit .254 with four home runs and 31 RBIs in 72 games this season. He signed an $8.25 million, one-year contract with the Red Sox as a free agent in December.
• Tom Veryzer, who played a dozen years in the major leagues and was Detroit's shortstop before Alan Trammell took over in the late 1970s, has died. He was 61. Veryzer played for the Tigers from 1973-77, then spent four years with Cleveland. He played 996 games and batted .241 for his career. In his final season, he was part of the Cubs team that won the NL East in 1984.
• Royals left-hander Jason Vargas was taken to the hospital to have an appendectomy.
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