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Fan hit by Josh Hamilton’s foul ball requires stitches

Josh Hamilton

Texas Rangers’ Josh Hamilton singles up the middle against Oakland Athletics’ Gio Gonzalez during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 8, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


Because any sort of fancy lede here would only stand to trivialize last night’s tragedy...

Josh Hamilton ripped a foul ball into the stands Friday night in the game against the A’s that struck a male fan sitting about five rows behind the third-base dugout, leaving the man bleeding from the face. Stadium personnel immediately tended to him, setting him up with a compress as he was taken away to get further medical attention.

The Rangers said the fan received stitches at the stadium and was OK afterwards. They didn’t identify him or provide any additional details.