Hamilton to assist family of fallen fan

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PHOENIX --- Josh Hamilton patiently, even graciously, answered question after question on Monday about the tragic death of a fan who fell from the stands trying to catch a ball the Texas Rangers star tossed toward him.

He talked about reaching out to the family of Shannon Stone, the firefighter who tumbled to his death Thursday night as his 6-year-old son looked on.

"I haven't thought it all the way through yet," Hamilton said. "Obviously, I want it to be personal, face to face. I'd love to know what kind of man Mr. Stone was and just meet his wife and his little boy and see where it goes from there.

"The memorial fund, my wife and I plan to do something with that and try to do everything possible."

But he knows he can never do enough.

"Nothing we can do is going to bring him back," Hamilton said. "But the organization can take care of the family and see that everything is going in the right direction."

BELTRAN WANTS TO WIN: Carlos Beltran left no doubt about his desire to play for a winner, and he would be willing to approve a trade to a contending team if the New York Mets want to deal him before the July 31 deadline.

"The Mets know," the NL All-Star said. "I have made clear to them, that I'm willing to listen if they want to trade me. All I want to be is on a team where I have a chance to go to the playoffs."

Would the Boston Red Sox be a good destination?

"They're in first place," he said. "It's a no-brainer."

FUTURES BAT: Oakland prospect Grant Green isn't a star yet, but his bat already is headed to the Hall of Fame.

The 23-year-old infielder had a pinch-hit double to drive in two runs in the fifth inning, then started a three-run rally with another double in the eighth to lead the U.S. team to a 6-4 victory.

The Hall of Fame announced that it was acquiring a bat.

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