Life-threat­en­ing in­jury to fan hit by bat at Fen­way

The China Post - - SPORTS - BY HOWARD UL­MAN

A fe­male fan suf­fered what po­lice de­scribed as life-threat­en­ing in­juries af­ter be­ing hit by a bro­ken bat that flew into the crowd dur­ing Fri­day’s Ma­jor League Base­ball game be­tween Bos­ton and Oak­land.

The woman was car­ried out of the Fen­way Park stands on a stretcher, bleed­ing from the head, af­ter be­ing struck by the bat of Oak­land’s Brett Lawrie which broke when he hit the ball dur­ing the sec­ond in­ning.

Soon af­ter, the game was de­layed while the fan was tended to in the first few rows of seats be­tween home plate and the third base dugout. She was taken to Beth Is­rael Dea­coness Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

“You try to keep her in your thoughts and, hope­fully, ev­ery- thing’s all right and try to get back to the task at hand,” Lawrie said. “Hope­fully ev­ery­thing’s OK and she’s do­ing all right.

“I’ve seen bats fly out of guys’ hands in( to) the stands and ev­ery­one’s OK, but when one breaks like that, has jagged edges on it, any­thing can hap­pen.”

Alex Merlis said he was sit­ting in the row be­hind the woman when the in­ci­dent hap­pened.

“It was vi­o­lent,” he said of the im­pact to her fore­head and top of her head. “She bled a lot. A lot. I don’t think I’ve ever seen any­thing like that.”

Merlis said the woman had been sit­ting with a small child and a man. Af­ter she was in­jured, the man was tend­ing to her and other peo­ple were try­ing to con­sole the dis­traught child, he said.

Con­cerned about a rash of fly- give the Rays a 1-0 win against Seat­tle.

Strug­gling Mariners closer Fer­nando Rod­ney (2-3) threw an in­side fast­ball to Forsythe, who lifted it over the left-field wall. Rod­ney has al­lowed a run in nine of his past 13 ap­pear­ances.

The Mariners have lost seven straight, all dur­ing this home­s­tand, and have been outscored 28- 13, leav­ing 62 run­ners on base. They are hit­ting just .159 (10 of 63) with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion.

Detroit pitcher Alex Wil­son hit Avi­sail Garcia with a pitch when the bases were loaded in the 11th in­ning, hand­ing the White Sox a 4-3 win and ex­tend­ing the Tigers’ los­ing skid to eight straight.

San Fran­cisco ended its own los­ing skid — five games — with a 5-4 victory at Philadel­phia, with Buster Posey hit­ting the go-ahead home run in the sev­enth in­ning.

Bal­ti­more’s Matt Wi­eters, play­ing his first game in over a year ing bro­ken bats and the dan­ger they posed, Ma­jor League Base­ball stud­ied the is­sue in 2008 and im­ple­mented a se­ries of changes to bat reg­u­la­tions for the fol­low­ing sea­son.

Multi- piece bat fail­ures are down about 50 per­cent since the be­gin­ning of the 2009 sea­son, MLB spokesman Michael Tee­van said.

“Our thoughts and con­cern, and cer­tainly our prayers, go out to the woman that was struck with the bat, her and her fam­ily,” Red Sox manager John Far­rell said. “A scary mo­ment, cer­tainly.

“All you can think about is a fam­ily, they come to a ball­game to hope­fully get three hours of en­joy­ment, and un­for­tu­nately with how close our stands are to the field of ac­tion, an ac­ci­dent like this tonight is cer­tainly dis­turb­ing.” af­ter el­bow surgery, had two hits and two RBIs to help the Ori­oles de­feat Cleve­land 5-2.

Mil­wau­kee’s Adam Lind hit a three-run homer among his three hits and drove in six runs to lift the Brew­ers to a 10-5 victory over Min­nesota.

San Diego’s Will Ven­able hit the first of his team’s three solo homers, tak­ing ad­van­tage of Jon Moscot’s shaky de­but, as the Padres pulled away to a 6-2 victory at Cincin­nati in a rain-de­layed game.

Bos­ton beat Oak­land 4-2 in a game that will be re­mem­bered for the de­but of Ath­let­ics re­liever Pat Ven­ditte, who be­came the first pitcher in 20 years to throw with both arms in the same game, and a woman in the crowd suf­fer­ing life-threat­en­ing in­juries af­ter be­ing hit by a bro­ken bat.

Miami’s Gian­carlo Stan­ton hit a mam­moth home run as the Mar­lins beat Colorado 6-2 on an­other rain-soaked night at Coors Field.

AP

San Diego Padres’ Derek Nor­ris hits a solo home run off Cincin­nati Reds re­lief pitcher Pe­dro Vil­lar­real in the sev­enth in­ning of a base­ball game on Fri­day, June 5.

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