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Liner off head sends Jays’ Happ to hospital

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 12:35 a.m. CST
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ reacts after being hit in the head by a line drive from Tampa Bay Rays' Desmond Jennings during the second inning Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was hit in the head by a line drive and taken off the field on a stretcher during Toronto’s 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.

In a frightening scene at Tropicana Field, Desmond Jennings’ second-inning liner caromed squarely off the left side of Happ’s head with a loud “thwack!” that could be heard in the press box.

The pitcher was taken to a hospital for tests, but the Blue Jays had no update on his condition immediately after the game, manager John Gibbons said.

Twins 6, Red Sox 1: At Boston, Scott Diamond allowed three hits in seven innings and Ryan Doumit hit his first homer of the season in Minnesota’s victory over Boston.

Astros 7, Angels 6: At Houston, Chris Carter’s three-run homer put Houston ahead in the third, and Astros held on to end a six-game skid.

Indians 1, Athletics 0: At Cleveland, Zach McAllister and two relievers combined on a shutout against Oakland, and Cleveland scored an unearned run in the fifth inning for its eighth win in nine games.

Orioles 4, Royals 3: At Baltimore, Matt Wieters drove in three runs, including the tiebreaker in the eighth inning, and Baltimore rallied to beat Kansas City.


Brewers 6, Rangers 3: At Milwaukee, Yuniesky Betancourt’s eighth homer of the season capped a five-run first inning, and Milwaukee snapped a season-high five-game losing streak with a victory over Texas.

Aramis Ramirez also homered for the first time this year and NL batting leader Carlos Gomez added a two-run double for Milwaukee, which rebounded from a four-game sweep by visiting St. Louis last weekend.

Rockies 2, Yankees 0: At Denver, Jorge De La Rosa pitched six scoreless innings in a steady rain, and Carlos Gonzales hit his seventh homer in Colorado’s win over New York.

Pirates 4, Mariners 1: At Pittsburgh, maybe Jeanmar Gomez should be given short notice every time he pitches.

The Pittsburgh right-hander tossed five shutout innings after being thrust into the starting role less than three hours before game time, helping the Pirates to a victory over Seattle.

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