DeShields glad Jones spoke out on incident

DeShields glad Jones spoke out on incident

HOUSTON -- Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields said he wasn't surprised by what happened to Orioles outfielder Adam Jones on Monday night at Fenway Park. He was also glad that Jones was willing to speak up about it after being subjected to verbal abuse -- particularly race-related -- during the Red Sox-Orioles game.

"I think a lot of things get said and people aren't as vocal about it," DeShields said. "Adam Jones is a vocal guy and if he has a problem about something, he's going to speak his mind about it. I'm glad he did say something about it.

"I'm glad the guys on the Red Sox who play in that park said something about it, too. They have black players there, too. For them to step in and have his back and make a note to the fans of Boston and baseball that that's not OK, I think it's a powerful move."

DeShields has been subjected to heckling and verbal abuse too during his young career.

"I don't mind hecklers, I know it's part of the game," DeShields said. "You can talk trash, that's fine. But when it goes too far and I turn around and there are kids in the stands, that's when it's not OK with me.

"How fans handle the situation is important, too. I think if they allow it to happen it kind of puts them in the same category. If somebody is saying something and they say, hey, that's not cool and they go and get somebody to handle the situation, then OK. People who hear it and allowing it to happen over and over again is kind of an issue.

"If I was hearing something that could hurt somebody else, I'm not just going to sit there and allow it to happen. Whether you agree with it or not. This is an environment where dads and parents bring their kids to the field to enjoy a baseball game, not to hear fans cursing, saying racial things and setting a bad example for the kids who just want to see somebody they idolize."

Rangers beat 

• Pitcher Tyson Ross, who has been dealing with back spasms while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday and felt good. The Rangers will discuss Wednesday if he is ready to start pitching in games again.

A.J. Griffin, who is on the disabled list because of inflammation and swelling in his left ankle, came through his bullpen session on Monday with no issues and is expected to pitch against the Astros on Thursday.

• Catcher Ivan Rodriguez was honored in the Texas state legislature on Tuesday for his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The resolution was presented by State Representative Jonathan Stickland of Bedford.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.