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Rays boost security at Tropicana Field

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Security officers at Tropicana Field have started randomly "wanding" fans before they go into the game.

It's something that has always been done at the Trop during high-profile events - like the playoffs or the RNC – but now after what happened in Boston the Rays say want more security.

And some fans have already started to see it. At this week's home games against the New York Yankees - security officers were using metal-detecting wands to screen random fans.

This is the first time many fans say they've seen this during a routine weekday game.

The Tampa Bay Rays say they have also added an additional overnight security officer and are reminding staff to be extra alert. Most baseball fans say it's a little of an inconvenience, but most are just fine with any extra security measures.

Blanton Garnett is with the Rays security team.

"Ever since 9/11 I thought safety precautions were really important," he said, "because I want to know everyone has the ability to bring a family and feel that they're safe and secure."

Right now, we don't know if the use of the metal-detectors will be used at future games. The team says it will be evaluated as the season progresses.

There are some people that actually say more should be done – that maybe everyone should be screened - not just some people randomly.

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