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Matt Shoemaker hit in the head by a line drive, suffers a fractured skull and a hematoma

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Update (7:35 PM EDT): Shoemaker has a skull fracture and a hematoma, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. He’s staying in a hospital in Seattle and will see a neurologist. Shoemaker is also awake and speaking, which is good to hear.

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A scary moment happened in the second inning of Sunday afternoon’s game between the Angels and Mariners. Angels starter Matt Shoemaker took a line drive off of the head, hit by Kyle Seager. Both teams’ trainers came out to treat him and eventually helped him off the field.

Shoemaker was relieved by Deolis Guerra. He allowed the one hit to Seager while striking out two in 1 1/3 innings.

The Angels say Shoemaker is alert and responsive after suffering a laceration on the right side of his head, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. He’s going to the hospital for a CT scan.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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