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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A jury has been seated to hear a lawsuit accusing former major leaguer Jose Offerman of a baseball bat attack during a 2007 minor league game in Connecticut.

Offerman's lawyer, Frank Riccio II, said Wednesday that testimony in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport is expected to begin Thursday. He said the trial could last through July 25.

Offerman played for the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and other teams during a 15-year major league career that ended in 2005.

He played for the Long Island Ducks in 2007 when he was hit by a pitch, charged the mound and allegedly hit two Bridgeport Bluefish players with his bat, including catcher Johnathan Nathans, a former Portland Sea Dogs player.

Nathans, a lawyer in Portland, suffered a head injury that ended his baseball career. He's suing Offerman and the Ducks for $4.8 million.

Rangers-Royals: Kansas City got some relief help, acquiring veteran reliever Jason Frasor from Texas for Triple-A right-hander Spencer Patton.

Patton will be assigned to Triple-A Round Rock.

Frasor was 1-1 with a 3.34 ERA in 38 appearances this season, his second in Texas.

The right-hander spent nine seasons with Toronto (2004-12), returning to the Blue Jays after being traded to the White Sox in July 2011 and finishing that season in Chicago.

In 624 major league games, Frasor is 31-35 with 36 saves and a 3.65 ERA.

The injury-plagued Rangers (38-57) went into the All-Star break with the worst record in the major leagues.

Kansas City (48-46) is second in the AL Central, 61/2 games behind Detroit.

Patton is 4-3 with a 4.08 ERA and 14 saves in 34 relief appearances for Triple-A Omaha this season. He has 60 strikeouts in 461/3 innings while holding opponents to a .161 batting average.

ALL-STAR RATINGS: Derek Jeter's final All-Star appearance helped boost television ratings for the game.

The American League's 5-3 win Tuesday in Minneapolis averaged more than 11.3 million viewers on Fox, up from 11 million for last year's game at the Mets' Citi Field in New York.

The rating was up 9 percent for the first full half-hour, when the retiring Yankees shortstop first stepped to the plate.

 

July 17, 2014

 

 
 
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