Wilson, Rangers Bats Respond In Win

C.J. Wilson picked up his seventh win of the year while Josh Hamilton, Vlad Guerrero, Nelson Cruz and David Murphy all homered for the Rangers as Texas defeated Cleveland 12-1.

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Fan Who Fell From Upper Deck In 'Good Spirits'

Tyler Morris, the fan who took a frightening tumble out of the upper deck at the Ballpark in Arlington on Tuesday night, is in ‘good spirits’ as of Wednesday afternoon. Morris thankfully wasn’t more critically injured, but he did suffer a fractured skull and a broken ankle.

Rangers team president Nolan Ryan shared a few thoughts on the horrific incident:

“I think anytime somebody falls that distance, my expectations were worse than what we saw today,” Ryan said. “We were very fortunate. My thought was we had some serious injuries on our hands.”

“When the Ballpark was built, (the railings) were built above (specifications) so we feel good about that,” Ryan said. “We feel this was strictly an accident. It’s unfortunate that it happened but it’s difficult to guard against.”

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Official Recap: Texas 12, Cleveland 1

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) – C.J. Wilson allowed one run in six solid innings, and Joaquin Arias knocked in a career-high four runs, as the Texas offense finally woke up in a 12-1 rout of the Cleveland Indians.

Amidst the game was a scary moment, as a fan fell from the upper deck into the lower bowl during the fifth inning in an attempt to grab a foul ball. The game was halted for 16 minutes while medical crews tended to the fan, who was luckily stabilized, responsive and able to move all his extremities after being transported to a local hospital.

Wilson (7-4) yielded just two hits and two walks while fanning four for the Rangers, who scored more than three times for the first time all month in winning just their second game out of six July contests. Nelson Cruz, Vladimir Guerrero and Josh Hamilton all homered, while Andres Blanco had three hits and two RBI in the win.

Jayson Nix hit his fourth homer in as many games for the Indians, who came into the game with seven wins in nine games. Justin Masterson (3-8) yielded seven runs, nine hits and three walks in 5 1/3 frames to take the loss.

The Rangers scored twice in the fourth and five times in the sixth to take a seven-run lead.

Texas loaded the bases in the fourth with one out after Guerrero was hit by a pitch, Hamilton singled and Justin Smoak was intentionally walked. Matt Treanor struck out swinging, but Blanco plated two with a double to right.

In the sixth, a walk to Smoak and singles by Blanco and Julio Borbon loaded the bases with one out for Arias, who plated all three with a double to left. Hector Ambriz came in from the bullpen but yielded a two-out, two-run homer to Guerrero for an 8-1 contest.

Cruz’s solo shot in the seventh added to Texas’ lead, and Arias and Ian Kinsler each contributed an RBI single in the same frame to make it 11-1. David Murphy homered in the eighth to account for the final margin.

Nix remained hot at the plate early, blasting his third homer in five at-bats with one down in the opening frame for a 1-0 Indians lead.

Hamilton answered leading off the second, sending his 21st home run over the fence in left-center to tie the game.

Game Notes

Four fans in the lower bowl were injured by the fallen fan, but none were taken to the hospital and all were treated at the ballpark…The Indians have recorded an extra base hit in 32 straight games, the longest active streak in the AL…Hamilton has a 26-game home hitting streak…Indians outfielder Shin- Soo Choo will have his sprained thumb in a brace for 7-to-10 days before being evaluated again. It is not known whether he needs surgery…Cleveland first baseman Matt LaPorta sat out the game after suffering a head contusion on Monday. His CT scan came back negative.

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Fan Falls 30 Feet From Second Deck At Ballpark

A male fan fell from the second deck into the field level seats section during the fifth inning of Tuesday night’s game between the Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians.

The unidentified male fell 30 feet after leaning over to snare a foul ball. Paramedics were rushed to scene and the male was escorted out on a stretcher. According to reports, players looked noticeably shaken up during the 16 minute delay.

Stay tuned for more information on the fan’s condition and the outcome of Tuesday night’s game.

Update: Just moments after posting this horrific news, word comes out of Dallas that the man is 'responsive and moving'. Whew. Hopefully a broken bone or two is the absolute worst that comes of the potentially awful incident. Now, back to baseball while we keep our fingers crossed for more good news.

Because he appears to not be in critical condition, take a listen to the radio call if you're so inclined.

And finally, here's a series of photos of the injured man as well as the frazzled players.

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Follow Wilson's Start Against The Indians Live

To follow tonight’s game live, head over to Lone Star Ball and join the conversation with fellow Rangers fans.

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Harden Throws Bullpen Session

According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Rich Harden threw an abbreviated bullpen session today. Fear not, the bullpen session was cut short due to weather and not an aggravation of injury to Harden.

Ron Washington said that Harden would need another bullpen session before headed out on a rehab assignment which could put an estimated return date for Harden around July 20th barring no setbacks.

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Wilson Looks To Snap Rangers Losing Streak

(Sports Network) - C.J. Wilson tries to get the Texas Rangers back on the winning track this evening when they resume their three-game series with the Cleveland Indians at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Texas fell for the fourth time in its last five tries on Monday, as Jayson Nix recorded his second career multi-homer game, and the Indians scored in six straight innings to notch a 9-3 victory.

Nix, who now has 16 career home runs in parts of three seasons with three different clubs, last hit two homers in the same game on May 26, 2009 against the Angels while with the White Sox. Carlos Santana and Matt LaPorta each added a home run, as the Indians recorded a season-high with four in a game.

"It was a special night. It was great to be here at home, and to be able to do it front of (my family) was just special," said Nix, a Texas native.

LaPorta, though, left the game after suffering a head contusion following an accidental elbow from Texas' Elvis Andrus during a play in the fourth inning. A CT scan after the game came back negative, but he is questionable for tonight's affair.

Jason Donald finished with a career-high four hits, an RBI and a run scored, while Joe Smith (1-1) got the win after pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Aaron Laffey started and gave up two runs -- one earned -- on five hits and three walks in 4 1/3 frames -- throwing 101 pitches.

The Indians have now won seven of nine overall.

Ian Kinsler went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Rangers, who have scored three or fewer runs in five straight games -- a season-high. Omar Beltre (0-1) allowed four runs and four hits through three innings of his second career MLB start.

"Days like this -- they're going to come once in awhile," Andrus said. "We just have to come tomorrow and get the next two games and the series. It's nothing to worry about."

Wilson, meanwhile, has allowed two earned runs in each of his last five starts, but has just two wins to show for it in that time and was on the wrong end of a 2-1 decision his last time out on Wednesday in Anaheim. Wilson surrendered two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings to the Angels in that one, but absorbed the loss, falling to 6-4 on the year to go along with a 3.34 ERA.

This will be his second start against the Indians.

Cleveland will counter with righty Justin Masterson, who will be trying to follow up a terrific performance against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. Masterson surrendered a run and eight hits in 8 1/3 innings and improved to just 3-7 on the year, while lowering his ERA to 4.85.

Masterson will also be making his second-ever start against the Rangers, but lost to them in his other one back on April 14.

Texas took two of three from the Indians earlier in the year and has won 10 of the 13 meetings since the start of last season.

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