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Hundreds turn out to mourn Rangers fan’s death

Relatives, friends and fellow firefighters were among the hundreds of mourners at a public visitation in Brownwood, Texas, for the 39-year-old Rangers fan who fell to his death trying to catch a ball thrown by his son’s favorite player.

Shannon Stone died Thursday after dropping headfirst about 20 feet at Rangers Ballpark. Josh Hamilton tossed a ball his way and Stone wanted to grab it for his 6-year-old son, Cooper.

Stone spent his last 18 years as a firefighter in Brownwood, a town of about 20,000 residents some 150 miles from the Rangers’ stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The public visitation was Sunday night and a funeral service is scheduled for today. The tributes already have begun, including flags in the area at half-staff and flowers left at a monument outside the fire department.

WEAVER AL STARTER

Angels ace Jered Weaver says he has been told he’ll start for the American League in Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

Weaver said he got the news on Sunday from Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia, who got a call from Texas’ Ron Washington. The defending AL champion Rangers’ manager picks the starter.

Weaver was considered a strong favorite for the job after going 11-4 with a major league-leading 1.86 ERA. He’ll be the first Angels pitcher to start an All-Star game since former Mariners pitcher Mark Langston in 1993.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia third baseman Placido Polanco and Tampa Bay pitcher David Price became the latest stars to withdraw from the All-Star Game, and starting pitchers CC Sabathia (N.Y. Yankees), James Shields (Tampa Bay), Justin Verlander Detroit), Felix Hernandez (Seattle), and Cole Hamels (Philadelphia) were declared ineligible because they played Sunday. Added as All-Stars were the Yankees’ David Robertson, Texas’ Alexi Ogando, the Mariners’ Michael Pineda, Toronto’s Ricky Romero, Arizona’s Miguel Montero and Pittsburgh’s Kevin Correia.

SHORT HOPS

A female fan suffered a bloodied head after being hit in the head by a foul ball off the bat of New York Yankees designated hitter Jorge Posada during the second inning against Tampa Bay. She was taken to a hospital. The extent of her injuries was unknown. … Alex Rodriguez is going to have surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee today in Miami, and is expected to miss up to six weeks.

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