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Fan hit by foul ball in Detroit; Justin Verlander stumps in favor of protective netting

Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander


A fan at Comerica Park in Detroit was struck by a foul ball off the bat of Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose during the bottom of the eighth inning of Friday night’s game against the Rangers. The game was delayed for seven minutes while the woman was given medical attention, as ESPN’s Katie Strang and The Associated Press report.

Strang tweeted that the fan was given a neck brace and taken off in a stretcher. She was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital. She was alert and conscious.

Verlander tweeted after the game, showing his support for Major League Baseball increasing protective netting at the ballpark:

I hope the fan tonight is okay! #getwellsoon @MLB should make changes before it’s too late #dontwaittoolate

— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) August 22, 2015

Strang adds context:

Detroit’s Justin Verlander on extending the netting for fan safety: “It’s something that needs to be addressed immediately.” #DET #MLB

— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) August 22, 2015

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