PITTSBURGH -- An injury to a fan hit by a foul ball at PNC Park caused a 23-minute delay in the second inning of the Chicago Cubs'?? 5-2 win over the Pirates??on Monday night as the woman was taken off on a stretcher from the seats behind home plate. The fan, said by the Pirates to be alert when she was wheeled out, was finding her seat with her back to the field of play as Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro fouled a ball straight back. The ball hit the netting as well as the side of the woman's head, which was close enough for contact. She immediately put her hand to her head and collapsed to the ground. After initially receiving treatment at the park, the woman was taken to a hospital for additional treatment.?? "She was conscious and alert at the time of transport, graciously thanking her caregivers while giving a 'thumbs up' gesture to nearby fans," the team said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with...
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PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Cubs will call up top infield prospect Addison Russell on Tuesday, a source familiar with the situation confirmed late Monday night. To make room on the roster Arismendy Alcantara will be optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Russell, 21, was acquired by the Cubs from the Oakland Athletics last July 4 for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel after Oakland took him with the 11th overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft. Russell, ranked as the No. 4 overall MLB prospect by ESPN's Keith Law, has primarily been a shortstop but moved over to second base recently in preparation for a promotion to the majors. "You never know where the need is going to be on the major league level," manager Joe Maddon said before the Cubs beat the Pirates 5-2 Monday night. "(We're) being a little bit more pro-active regarding prepping him for a need that might be open here." Russell was hitting...
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Portland Trail Blazers had a laminated card in their locker room at the FedExForum on Sunday that included the phrase "We don't lose to Spanish players." The Memphis Grizzlies, the Trail Blazers' opponent in their Western Conference first-round series, feature one of the NBA's most prominent Spanish players, All-Star center Marc Gasol. Gasol, who was born in Barcelona, responded to the comment Monday. "I don't know where it comes from, and I don't know what it means," Gasol said after practice, according to The Oregonian.??"I have better things to think about than what they're writing on the wall. They've had Spanish players on their team in the past. I can think of three in the recent past. I don't know and I don't care." "First of all, that wasn't the only thing that was on that [card]," Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said Monday, a day after his team's 100-86 Game 1 loss to the Grizzlies. "I wouldn't...