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MLB ROUNDUP: Toronto's Happ takes liner off the head

by The Associated Press on May 08, 2013 10:30 AM

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.

The Blue Jays said Happ was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where he was alert and undergoing tests. Nursing supervisor Natasha Keller told The Associated Press that Happ had been admitted to the hospital and was in stable condition.

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

The ball went all the way into the bullpen in foul territory halfway down the right field line. Happ dropped face down at the front of the mound, holding his head with his glove and bare hand. Jennings ended up with a two-run triple.

The Blue Jays grabbed a 6-4 lead in the ninth on Maicer Itzuris’ solo homer and an RBI double by Melky Cabrera off Joel Peralta (0-2). Toronto, which trailed by three early on, tied it at 4 in the eighth on Jose Bautista’s RBI double.

Adam Lind and Colby Rasmus homered for the Blue Jays. Steve Delabar (3-1) threw two scoreless innings and Casey Janssen earned his ninth save.

 

TWINS 6, RED SOX 1: Scott Diamond allowed three hits in seven innings and Ryan Doumit hit his first homer of the season in Minnesota’s victory over Boston. Diamond (3-2) gave up a single in each of the first three innings, didn’t allow a runner past first base and retired the last 15 batters he faced. He struck out two and walked none. David Ortiz went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 27 games.

 

ASTROS 7, ANGELS 6: Chris Carter’s three-run homer put Houston ahead in the third, and Astros held on to end a six-game skid. The road woes continued for the Angels, who have dropped eight of their past 10 away from Anaheim. Jose Altuve also homered for Houston, and the Astros took advantage of three errors by catcher Hank Conger to score five unearned runs.

 

INDIANS 1, ATHLETICS 0: Zach McAllister and two relievers combined on a shutout and Cleveland scored an unearned run in the fifth inning for their eighth win in nine games. McAllister, Rich Hill and Chris Perez limited the highest-scoring offense in the majors to six hits and did not allow a runner to reach second base.

 

ORIOLES 4, ROYALS 3: Matt Wieters drove in three runs, including the tiebreaker in the eighth inning, and Baltimore rallied to beat visiting Kansas City. In the eighth, Adam Jones drew a leadoff walk from Tim Collins (1-1) and advanced when Luke Hochevar threw wildly to first base on a pickoff attempt. Wieters then lofted an opposite-field fly to left that landed just inside the foul line for a double.

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

CUBS 2, CARDINALS 1: Travis Wood pitched impressively into the seventh inning to outduel Lance Lynn, Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run homer and Chicago snapped St. Louis’ six-game winning streak. Carlos Marmol allowed a single to Yadier Molina in the eighth and walked Jon Jay before getting out of the inning by picking Molina off between second and third.

 

DIAMONDBACKS 5, DODGERS 3: Paul Goldschmidt hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth inning off closer Brandon League and Arizona sent last-place Los Angeles to its sixth straight loss. Arizona closer J.J. Putz left with an injury after issuing a leadoff walk in the ninth to Nick Punto, but Heath Bell got three outs for his second save.

 

PADRES 5, MARLINS 1: Eric Stults pitched seven-hit ball into the seventh inning, Will Venable hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs, and resurgent San Diego sent Miami to its fifth loss in seven games. Stults (3-2) walked two and struck out four in 6 1-3 innings as the Padres won for the 10th time in 13 games. San Diego, which began the season 5-15 and has won eight of its last nine at Petco Park, improved to 15-18. The Marlins (10-24) have the worst record in the NL..

 

PHILLIES 6, GIANTS 2: Chase Utley and Ryan Howard homered to help Philadelphia beat Tim Lincecum (2-2) and San Francisco. Utley had three hits and two RBIs, Howard reached base four times and Kyle Kendrick (4-1) pitched seven strong innings to win his third consecutive decision. The right-hander extended his scoreless streak on the road to 25 innings before giving up a sacrifice fly to Angel Pagan in the third.

 

INTERLEAGUE

METS 1, WHITE SOX 0: Matt Harvey pitched one-hit ball for nine innings in a nearly perfect performance and New York permitted just one baserunner in beating Chicago in 10 innings. Harvey allowed only an infield single by Alex Rios with two outs in the seventh — he was safe, barely. The right-hander struck out a career-high 12 and was pulled when the game went to extra innings. Pinch-hitter Mike Baxter lined an RBI single with one out in the 10th off Nate Jones (0-3).

 

ROCKIES 2, YANKEES 0: 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. Despite a stellar start from Hiroki Kuroda, the Yankees lost their fifth straight game at Coors Field. Gonzalez broke a scoreless tie with two outs in the sixth when he sent a 3-2 pitch from Kuroda (4-2) into the right field bullpen with a runner on to give Colorado a 2-0 lead. His homer followed a two-out single by Josh Rutledge.

 

BREWERS 6, RANGERS 3: Yuniesky Betancourt’s eighth homer of the season capped a five-run first inning and Milwaukee snapped a season-high five-game losing streak. Aramis Ramirez also homered for the first time this year and NL batting leader Carlos Gomez added a two-run double in the interleague matchup. Wily Peralta (3-2) gave up three runs — two earned — and five hits in six innings.

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