Yankees expand protective netting past dugouts

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(New York Yankees) The New York Yankees are expanding netting to protect seats behind each dugout and for five sections past down both foul lines. (New York Yankees) The New York Yankees are expanding netting to protect seats behind each dugout and for five sections past down both foul lines.

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Yankees are expanding netting to protect seats behind each dugout and for five sections past down both foul lines, a decision announced after several fans were injured last year.

A boy was struck on the head by a portion of Chris Carter's broken bat at Yankee Stadium on May 25, and a fan sitting beyond the first-base dugout was hit by a 105 mph foul ball off the bat of Aaron Judge on July 25. A young girl was injured by a 105 mph foul ball off the bat of Todd Frazier on Sept. 20 and was taken to a hospital.

RELATED: Young girl injured by foul ball at Yankee Stadium

New York said Wednesday that green netting, designed to minimize visual impact, will rise 9 feet above each dugout but the bottom 3 feet will be retractable and pulled up during batting practice to allow fan interaction with players.

Beyond the dugouts, nets will rise to about 5½ feet above the wall, which is 8 feet above the field surface.

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