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Dodgers sued over parking lot beating

LOS ANGELES — The family of a Giants fan who was brutally beaten at Dodger Stadium in March sued the team and its troubled owner Frank McCourt on Tuesday, claiming inadequate security was partially to blame for the attack.

The suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Bryan Stow contends that the Dodgers were negligent by not providing more security, and that it took 10 to 15 minutes before Dodgers employees arrived to help Stow.

Stow, 42, remains in critical but stable condition under heavy sedation to prevent seizures caused by the traumatic brain injury he suffered March 31.

Police arrested Giovanni Ramirez, 31, over the weekend, and are seeking a second attacker and a woman suspected of driving the pair from the scene.

Attorneys for Stow say McCourt has mismanaged one of baseball's most storied franchises by spending lavishly since buying the team in 2004 and reducing security during games. They say Dodger Stadium has more crime than any other MLB venue.

Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt visited Stow at the hospital, sharing a prayer with him and his family.

SORIANO SETBACK: Yankees RHP Rafael Soriano, the former Rays closer, had an MRI exam a day after having his throwing session cut short. Soriano will have his sore elbow examined by renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews.

GARZA TO DL: Cubs RHP Matt Garza went on the disabled list retroactive to May 18 with a bone bruise in his elbow. RHP Randy Wells is expected to come off the DL and start Saturday in place of the former Ray.

MAUER HEALING: Twins C Joe Mauer, on the disabled list for nearly six weeks with leg ailments, is scheduled to DH in extended spring training today.

LOSING MONEY: Mets owner Fred Wilpon said his team is "bleeding cash" and could lose up to $70 million this year. Wilpon told Sports Illustrated that trusting Bernard Madoff and getting caught up in his Ponzi scheme was his biggest regret.

LIDLE LAWSUIT: Airplane manufacturer Cirrus Design Corp. isn't responsible for the deaths of Yankees and former Rays pitcher Cory Lidle and flight instructor Tyler Stanger, who were killed in October 2006 when their small plane crashed into a Manhattan apartment building, a Manhattan jury ruled.

D'BACKS: INF Melvin Mora was reinstated from the bereavement list, and RHP Sam Demel went on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis.

INDIANS: CF Grady Sizemore ran harder than he has since injuring his right knee last week and is close to returning.

NATIONALS: CF Rick Ankiel was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list after a sore right wrist kept him out of 19 games.

PHILLIES: RHP Jose Contreras pitched two scoreless innings in minor-league rehab appearance and is expected to be activated from the disabled list today.

RANGERS: RHP Brandon Webb, who last pitched in the majors on opening day 2009, went seven innings in an Arizona Rookie League game, his longest outing at any level during his rehab from shoulder surgery.

REDS: A day after being called up from Triple-A Louisville, INF Todd Frazier was sent back down and replaced on the roster by RHP Carlos Fisher, who will join a heavily worked bullpen.

RED SOX: RHP John Lackey, who has an 8.01 ERA in seven starts, completed a bullpen session and hopes to rejoin the rotation within two weeks. … LHP Hideki Okajima, part of what has been a disappointing bullpen, accepted an assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket after passing through waivers. … 2B Dustin Pedroia was not seriously hurt in a fall during Monday's game.

TIGERS: LHP Phil Coke went on the 15-day disabled list a day after bruising a bone in his right foot against the Rays. The contract of LHP Adam Wilk was purchased from Triple-A Toledo.

Dodgers sued over parking lot beating 05/24/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 12:03am]
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