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Pirates pitcher hit in face by line drive

HOUSTON — Pirates RHP Chris Jakubauskas was hit near his right ear by Lance Berkman's line drive in the first inning of Saturday's game against the Astros and was carted off.

He was examined by Astros team doctor David Lintner and sent to Methodist Hospital for further tests. A Pirates spokesman had no other information on his condition.

Jakubauskas, 31, was called up from the minors Friday and was making his first start of the season.

Berkman drove a 1-and-0 pitch that hit Jakubauskas in the head. Jakubauskas fell and the ball bounced all the way back to C Jason Jaramillo.

Medical staffs from both teams ran to the mound as Jakubauskas stayed down, repeatedly kicking the dirt in obvious pain. Berkman ran to the mound, joining all of the Pirates infielders.

Jakubauskas was down for almost five minutes before he sat up, holding an ice pack and towel against his face. He was taken off the field on a medical cart. He gave a thumbs-up to the crowd, who offered a standing ovation.

Jakubauskas appeared in 35 games (eight starts) for Seattle last season.

CONTROVERSIAL CALL: The White Sox overcame a disputed call to beat the Mariners.

With two outs in the top of the ninth and the score tied at 2, Jose Lopez singled off Chicago closer Bobby Jenks, and Ken Griffey walked. Former Seminole High standout Casey Kotchman lined a double down the rightfield line, and a fan picked up the ball and dropped it back on the field.

First-base umpire Gary Cederstrom declared the play dead as Lopez scored from second, but the umpiring crew allowed Jack Wilson, who was pinch-running for Griffey, to score from first to give Seattle a 4-2 lead.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen argued with third-base umpire Fieldin Culbreth to no avail and was ejected.

TORNADO EMERGENCY: Astros ace RHP Roy Oswalt returned to Mississippi after his parents' home was damaged in a tornado.

Oswalt grew up in Weir, Miss., where his parents, Billy and Jean, still live. A tornado moved across at least three Mississippi counties, killing two people, injuring several others and ripping the tops off buildings.

Astros general manager Ed Wade said Oswalt's parents were not injured.

PAINFUL PRESENT: Braves 3B Chipper Jones made a quick exit on his 38th birthday.

Jones injured a hip on his first swing of the day and came out after 2½ innings. He thinks he will be sidelined for several games. "It popped," he said. "I couldn't push off at all."

DODGERS: Manager Joe Torre sent LF Manny Ramirez home to Los Angeles to get treatment on his strained right calf, avoiding the "circus" when the team heads to New York to face the Mets. … RHP Vicente Padilla went on the 15-day disabled list because his upper right forearm muscle is bothering him.

INDIANS: Closer Kerry Wood (back) will throw a bullpen session today then be re-evaluated. The right-hander threw a one-inning simulated game Friday and afterward said he was sore.

ORIOLES: 1B Rhyne Hughes, 26, acquired from the Rays last season in the deal for C Gregg Zaun, was called up from Triple-A Norfolk and had an RBI single against Red Sox RHP John Lackey in his first major-league at-bat.

ROCKIES: OF Brad Hawpe left the opener of a doubleheader against the Marlins because of tightness in his left quad.

TIGERS: LHP Dontrelle Willis was scratched from his start against the Rangers because of an upset stomach. LHP Brad Thomas made his sixth major-league start.

Pirates pitcher hit in face by line drive 04/24/10 [Last modified: Saturday, April 24, 2010 11:17pm]
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