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Suspect arrested in attack on Giants fan

A tip from a parole officer led to the arrest of one of the suspects in the attack on a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium after the rival teams’ season opener, a brutal beating that prompted an outpouring of support for the victim and outrage in the sports world and beyond.

The man detained early Sunday is thought to be the “main aggressor” in the March 31 beating that left Bryan Stow with brain damage, Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck said at an afternoon news conference at the stadium.

An emotional Beck hailed the work of 20 full-time detectives who he said have pursued 630 leads in the case so far. The police chief choked back tears as he described getting a call at 7 a.m. Sunday from assistant chief Earl Paysinger.

“He said the words I’ve been waiting for for seven weeks. He said that we had Bryan’s assault suspect in custody,” Beck said. “This is a huge step.”

STEM CELL THERAPY

One of the doctors who assisted in a procedure last year on New York Yankees starter Bartolo Colon says that 10 other pitchers have expressed interest in undergoing the treatment that is being scrutinized by Major League Baseball.

Dr. Leonel Liriano, medical director for United States-based Regenocyte in the Dominican Republic, said 10 pitchers between the ages of 21-37 have contacted him about the contentious medical treatment. The company specializes in the use of stem cells for regenerative therapy.

Colon, 37, the 2005 Amercian League Cy Young Award winner, was treated in April 2010 with a procedure designed to regenerate tissue in his shoulder and elbow.

Colon is 2-2 with a 3.16 ERA this year for New York.

UTLEY RETURNS

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley will be activated from the 15-day disabled list before today’s game against Cincinnati.

The five-time All-Star hasn’t played this season because of tendinitis in his right knee.

SHORT HOPS

Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier was taken out of Sunday’s game against the Chicago White Sox with injuries to his back and toe after he ran into the outfield wall in the fourth inning. Dodgers catcher Rod Barajas was also taken out in the fourth inning with a right wrist injury. The team activated shortstop Rafael Furcal from the 15-day disabled list and placed infielder Juan Uribe on the DL with an abdominal strain. … Former Mariners shortstop Carlos Guillen was transferred to Detroit’s 60-day DL and the Tigers optioned right-handed reliever Brayan Villarreal to Triple-A Toledo. Enrique Gonzalez will take Villarreal’s spot in the bullpen. The 35-year-old Guillen hasn’t played since having microfracture surgery on his left knee last September. … Josh Hamilton went 0-for-4 and Nelson Cruz hit a solo homer in the final game of their minor league rehab assignments before rejoining the Texas Rangers today. Hamilton, last year’s American League MVP, is recovering from a broken right arm. Cruz, rehabbing a strained right quadriceps muscle, homered for the third straight day. … The Twins placed left-handed reliever Glen Perkins on the 15-day DL because of a strained right oblique. … The Marlins activated reliever Clay Hensley (bruised ribs) from the 15-day DL.

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