Suspects linked to other attacks

MAKING PROGRESS: Clay Buchholz, out since June with a strained lower back, feels close to starting a rehab assignment.

Associated Press

MAKING PROGRESS: Clay Buchholz, out since June with a strained lower back, feels close to starting a rehab assignment.

LOS ANGELES — Two men charged with the severe beating of a Giants fan at Dodger Stadium are suspected of assaulting three other Giants fans at the opening day game, the Associated Press reported Monday.

Detectives believe the other people were approached by suspects Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood on the west side of the stadium on March 31.

Eyewitnesses told police they saw Sanchez assault at least one of those unidentified men, according to AP.

Sanchez was charged with misdemeanor assault in connection with that incident. Detectives believe he and Norwood — friends and neighbors from Rialto, near San Bernardino — were involved in the other possible assaults; no charges have been filed.

Sanchez also is accused of misdemeanor battery on a woman at the game. The woman was wearing a Giants shirt and Sanchez threw a soda at her during the game, the Los Angeles Times reported, part of unruly behavior throughout the game that led fans to complain to police.

Sanchez and Norwood were charged Friday with felony mayhem and assault charges in the beating of Bryan Stow, a paramedic from Santa Cruz who remains hospitalized with a brain injury.

Sanchez, 29, and Norwood, 30, made their first court appearance Monday. Their arraignment was continued until Aug. 10.

BUCHHOLZ IMPROVING: Red Sox RHP Clay Buchholz threw 30 pitches off a bullpen mound and felt his strained lower back was improving. "I felt better," said Buchholz, out since mid June. "There was still a little soreness coming off (the mound). I sat down 10 minutes and did some stretches, then it felt better."

Three days earlier, Buchholz said he was frustrated by what he felt was a slow recovery. Now, he's talking about getting back soon.

JONES RETURNS: Braves 3B Chipper Jones returned from the 15-day disabled list and started only two weeks after having surgery on his right knee. OF Wilkin Ramirez was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett.

A'S: RHP Sonny Gray, the 18th overall pick in this year's draft, signed. Gray went 12-3 with a 2.12 ERA at Vanderbilt.

CARDINALS: RF Lance Berkman has a sore right shoulder and was not in the lineup, but manager Tony La Russa expects him back tonight.

D'BACKS: RHP Trevor Bauer, the third overall pick in this year's draft, signed a major-league contract. Bauer went 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA at UCLA last season and won the Golden Spikes Award as the top player in college baseball. … INF Geoff Blum fractured his right pinkie finger Sunday and is expected to be sidelined for at least a few weeks.

MARINERS: 3B Chone Figgins was not in the lineup because of a family emergency.

METS: OF Angel Pagan who left Sunday's game in the fifth inning with dizziness, was sent out for bloodwork to determine the cause. … LHP Johan Santana, coming back from September shoulder surgery, won't make a minor-league rehab start as planned and instead will throw another simulated game at the spring complex in Port St. Lucie.

NATIONALS: RHP Chien-Ming Wang, who hasn't pitched in the majors since July 4, 2009, will be recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to start Friday. Wang, 31, who won 19 games in 2006 and 2007 for the Yankees, is coming back from major shoulder surgery in 2009.

PHILLIES: 3B Placido Polanco, out since July 5 with a bulging disc in his lower back, expects to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday.

PIRATES: OF Alex Presley went on the 15-day disabled list with a left hand contusion, retroactive to Saturday. Rookie INF Pedro Alvarez, a top prospect who struggled in 36 games before going on the disabled list on May 20, was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis.

REDS: LF Chris Heisey had an MRI exam a day after he bumped his left shoulder into the wall while going after a fly ball. Manager Dusty Baker said the exam was negative, but Heisey was sore and sat out.

YANKEES: 3B Alex Rodriguez, who had surgery July 11 to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, is on track to return by "the second week of August," GM Brian Cashman told ESPN.

Suspects linked to other attacks 07/25/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 12:20am]

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