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Suspects in fan beating both plead not guilty

LOS ANGELES — Two men accused of brutally beating a Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium pleaded not guilty Wednesday even though prosecutors said they had made admissions in the case.

Louie Sanchez, 28, and Marvin Norwood, 30, entered their pleas during a brief arraignment to charges of mayhem and assault and battery in the March 31 attack of Bryan Stow, a Santa Cruz paramedic who suffered severe brain injuries and remains hospitalized.

Prosecutor Frank Santoro said in court he did not object to a motion to allow television cameras in the courtroom because the case is built on admissions, not witness identifications.

Dorene Sanchez, the sister of Sanchez and girlfriend of Norwood who drove them from the ballpark, will not be charged.

Stow's family said on a website posting Monday that he was making slight improvements and had been able to pucker his lips when his sister asked to give him a kiss and could lift his leg and arm slightly.

MORNEAU RETURNING: Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Justin Morneau will rejoin the team on Friday when its opens a three-game series in Cleveland. The star first baseman went on the disabled list June 9, when he had surgery to repair a pinched nerve in his neck.

PITCHER HEALING: Rockies RHP Juan Nicasio was released from the hospital five days after breaking his neck when he was hit by a line drive.

PLAYOFF SCHEDULE: A tightened postseason schedule will start Sept. 30 with two AL playoff games. It is the first time since the 1915 World Series that the postseason will begin on a Friday. The schedule includes no off days while a series is in one city.

SANTO HONORED: The Cubs unveiled a statue of Ron Santo during a pregame ceremony outside Wrigley Field, honoring the beloved player and broadcaster who died last winter. The sculpture depicts Santo in his playing days, getting ready to throw.

DODGERS SAGA: Facility Merchandising Inc., which sells souvenirs at Dodger Stadium, wants a Delaware bankruptcy judge to force the team to decide whether an exclusive contract that runs through 2017 will be maintained before FMI makes any more payments for this year and inventory purchases for next season.

BRAVES: RH reliever Scott Proctor was released and RHP Arodys Vizcaino called up from Triple-A Gwinnett. Vizcaino, 20, one of the team's top prospects, is expected to be used in relief.

BREWERS: LHP Chris Narveson went on the 15-day disabled list a day after cutting the thumb on his pitching hand with a scissors while working on his glove.

CARDINALS: Rookie RHP Lance Lynn went on the 15-day disabled list a day after injuring his left side making a pitch and could miss the rest of the season.

GIANTS: RF Carlos Beltran sat out for a third straight game with a strained right wrist.

INDIANS: CF Michael Brantley will miss a few games with an injured right wrist.

METS: CF Angel Pagan left in the fourth inning with lower back spasms.

PADRES: 2B Orlando Hudson was out of the starting lineup because of a strained right groin.

PIRATES: 1B Derrek Lee was scratched from the lineup with a recurring left hand injury.

RANGERS: 3B Adrian Beltre, on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, had a setback over the weekend and won't be cleared for baseball activities for three or four days.

REDS: 2B Brandon Phillips is expected to miss about five days after being hit by a pitch on his left elbow. … SS Zack Cozart, on the disabled list with a hyperextended left elbow, expects to have season-ending surgery.

ROYALS: The contract of C Salvador Perez was purchased from Triple-A Omaha.

TIGERS: LF Brennan Boesch left after one inning with a sprained right thumb.

twins: Joe Nathan set the franchise record for saves, surpassing Rick Aguilera with 255.

Suspects in fan beating both plead not guilty 08/10/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 11, 2011 1:51am]

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