Sunday, December 17, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Out to avoid rerun, Jays ban beer cans

TORONTO — The Blue Jays have banned selling beer cans in the upper deck at the AL Championship Series after fans threw them on the field during a ruckus earlier in the playoffs.

Starting Monday night at Game 3 between Toronto and Kansas City, beer will be poured into plastic cups in the upper deck at Rogers Centre.

The Blue Jays made the change after some fans reacted to a ruling on a bizarre play in the seventh inning of Game 5 in the Division Series against Texas by pelting the field with cans.

Mario Coutinho, vice president of stadium operations and security, said that the new policy for beer sales was the only change made for the ALCS. The Royals lead 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

"We reviewed all our staffing levels and police deployment and we're confident that was adequate," Coutinho said. "We did our own internal assessment after (Game 5) with the police and then Major League Baseball followed up as well."

Coutinho wouldn't say how many Toronto police officers would be at Monday's game, but said the number was "fairly high."

The Blue Jays reserved the right to cut off beer sales after the fifth inning.

HOCKEY ROYALTY: Royals RHP Chris Young got some family history out of the way — at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Young went to the Hall with his youngest son and wife, Elizabeth Patrick, whose great-grandfather was Lester Patrick, a six-time Stanley Cup winner as a player, coach and executive. Patrick Division, a former division in the NHL, was named for him, and the Lester Patrick Trophy is awarded for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

Three other members of Elizabeth's family are also enshrined in the Hall.

"There are four Patrick members in the Hall of Fame," Young said. "I gave her a hard time, because I think in the past she told me five. She stood corrected this morning."

HARVEY OKAY: Mets RHP Matt Harvey threw in the outfield at Wrigley Field, and the team said he should be fine for Game 5 if the NL Championship Series goes that far. Harvey was hit by a comebacker off the bat of Dexter Fowler in the series opener Saturday night. Manager Terry Collins said Harvey was "pretty sore and pretty swelled up," but the pitcher looked fine during his brief throwing session.

RUSSELL RECOVERING: Cubs SS Addison Russell said he feels better every day and hopes to starting hitting again soon. Russell strained his left hamstring while legging out a triple in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cardinals. He was left off the roster for the NLCS but might be able to return if Chicago advances.

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