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

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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:

Strang adds context:

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).