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Line drive to head knocks out A's starter

OAKLAND, Calif. — Athletics RHP Brandon McCarthy left his start against the Angels in the fourth inning Wednesday after Erick Aybar's line drive hit him in the head.

McCarthy was taken to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland as a precaution, and the team said doctors wanted him to stay overnight for further observation. The A's also announced McCarthy would not travel with the team to Seattle today.

McCarthy, Oakland's opening day starter, had almost no time to react when Aybar lined his 91 mph cutter back to him. The ball bounced off the right side of McCarthy's head, knocking the pitcher down. He also landed on his head on the infield grass.

3B Josh Donaldson picked up the deflected ball and threw out Aybar for the second out of the inning.

McCarthy curled up in a ball and writhed in pain. Team trainers checked on him for several minutes as A's players huddled around the infield and on the top step of the dugout.

Aybar stood on first base and looked on with concern. He could be seen in the Angels dugout later sitting with his head down and his hands over his head.

McCarthy eventually sat up and ran his hands through his hair and around his head. He walked off the mound under his own power to an ovation from the Oakland Coliseum crowd.

McCarthy, who left with Oakland trailing 3-1, fell to 8-6 with a 3.24 ERA.

Florida state League PLAYOFFS: The Dunedin Blue Jays lost 3-0 to the visiting Lakeland Flying Tigers and were eliminated in the best-of-three league semifinal two games to none.

DODGERS STARTER OUT: Dodgers RHP Chad Billingsley will miss the rest of the season after being placed on the 60-day disabled list because of elbow pain. Billingsley, who hasn't pitched since Aug. 24, was 10-9 with a 3.55 ERA in 25 starts.

PETTITTE RECOVERING: Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte, out since June 27 with a fractured left ankle, threw 15 pitches in his first action against live hitters. He's still is on track to return to the rotation later this month.

ANGELS ACE AILING: Angels RHP Jered Weaver, who was struck on his pitching arm by Dustin Ackley's line drive against the Mariners on Sunday, returned to Southern California for further examination and will likely miss his next start Friday against the Tigers.

INDIANS DISPUTE: Manager Manny Acta shrugged off comments by closer Chris Perez about the way the team has been run, saying he cares more about how the right-hander performs in the ninth inning. Perez was quoted in a foxsports.com report, saying the difference between the Indians and Tigers is "different owners." He said Tigers owner Mike Ilitch is spending money, and "he's got a team to show for it." Acta says that's Perez's opinion, and he doesn't have anything to add to it.

CLEMENS COMEBACK: RHP Roger Clemens will pitch to his oldest son on Friday when he makes his second start for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League. The seven-time Cy Young Award winner told a Houston television station that having Koby Clemens as his catcher in the game against Long Island is "cool stuff." Clemens, 50, pitched 3⅓ scoreless innings for Sugar Land on Aug. 25, his first professional outing since 2007.

ASTROS: The team plans to go with a six-man rotation for the rest of the season.

BLUE JAYS: Mired in a 12-game losing streak, LHP Ricky Romero will skip his scheduled start Saturday at Boston and will work on nine days rest Sept. 12 against Seattle.

PADRES: OF Chris Denorfia agreed to a two-year contract that runs through the 2014 season.

TWINS: LF Josh Willingham, still bothered by a sore right hamstring, was not in the starting lineup. He did pinch-hit in the ninth, flying out to end the game.

Line drive to head knocks out A's starter 09/05/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 11:11pm]

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