CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox have become the first team in the major leagues to extend protective netting from foul pole to foul pole, starting Monday night against the Miami Marlins.
The extra netting at Guaranteed Rate Field was in place for Chicago's first home game since the All-Star break. The White Sox announced the safety measure last month, a week after a foul ball at the park sent a woman to the hospital with her head bleeding.
The new netting in Chicago will be 30 feet high above the dugouts and reach a maximum height of 45 feet down the lines.
Minnesota turned a triple play for the first time in more than two years to squelch a first-inning rally in the series opener against the New York Yankees. ... Pittsburgh suspended reliever Keone Kela two games for an unspecified violation of his contract. The suspension came after the team activated Kela from the 60-day injured list. ... Ryan Zimmerman was put on the 10-day injured list by Washington because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot, the second time this season the injury has sidelined the 34-year-old first baseman.