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Slain Dodgers’ fan was son of security guard

Fri., Sept. 27, 2013

The man who was fatally stabbed during a confrontation after a Dodgers-Giants game in San Francisco was the son of a Dodgers security guard, the team said Thursday.

The Dodgers said Jonathan Denver’s father, Robert Preece, worked security on game days at Dodger Stadium.

San Francisco police say Denver, 24, was walking with his father, brother and two other people not far from the San Francisco Giants’ ballpark Wednesday night when their group exchanged words with some Giants fans who were leaving a nightclub.

The exchange turned physical and Denver, who was wearing Dodgers gear, was stabbed to death.

“There is no rational explanation for this senseless act,” the Dodgers said in a written statement.

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said two people were in custody, and one of them will face homicide charges.

“One of the suspects during the course of the interviews made incriminating statements that give us the indication that he will be the person booked for homicide,” Suhr told reporters.

“We’re trying to figure out what we’re going to do with the other suspect,” Suhr continued. “The investigation is still ongoing.”

Suhr did not release the name of the suspects in the stabbing, which has punctuated a bitter rivalry between division rivals.

As encore, Rivera may play outfield

Mariano Rivera may make a debut on his final weekend before retirement: as a centerfielder.

The 43-year-old closer, in his 19th and final big league season, has said he’d like to play the outfield.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi says he’s thinking about allowing Rivera to do it this weekend, when the Yankees finish their season with a three-game series at the Houston Astros.

“… it would be a situation that I might bring him in (in) the eighth to play the outfield and close him out in the ninth if we have that opportunity,” said Girardi.

Gomez, Johnson suspended one game

Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez and Atlanta’s Reed Johnson have each been suspended one game after a benches-clearing argument between their teams in Atlanta on Wednesday.

Both were also fined an undisclosed amount.

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