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Blue Jays only serving beer in cups after beer can throwing incident

Baltimore Orioles' Hyun Soo Kim gets under a fly ball as a beer can sails past him during seventh inning American League wild-card game action against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto in an October 4, 2016, file photo. The Toronto Blue Jays will not be serving beer in cans at the Rogers Centre for the rest of the post-season after a can was thrown on the field at a game against the Baltimore Orioles last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch
October 09, 2016 - 10:59 AM

TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays will not be serving beer in cans at the Rogers Centre for the rest of the post-season after a can was thrown on the field at a game against the Baltimore Orioles last week.

In a statement Sunday morning, the team says beer will be poured into cups throughout the stadium.

The change comes after a beer can narrowly missed Baltimore Orioles player Hyun Soo Kim as he made a catch during the seventh inning of Tuesday's wild-card game in Toronto.

Ken Pagan, 41, of Hamilton, was charged with criminal mischief after a photo of the suspected beer tosser was released by Toronto police. Pagan has confirmed he is the man in the photo but says he was drinking out of a plastic cup rather than a can.

The policy change came into effect before Game 3 of Toronto's American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers on Sunday evening. Toronto came into the game leading the best-of-five series 2-0, ensuring at least two home dates with the new regulations.

The Blue Jays had trouble with fans throwing debris on the field the last time the Rangers played a post-season game in Toronto. Fans littered the field with objects including beer cans in protest during Game 5 of their 2015 ALDS with Texas when an error by Toronto catcher Russell Martin allowed the Rangers' Rougned Odor to score from third base.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Pagan denied throwing the can. Instead he said he was drinking from a plastic cup rather than a can.

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