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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.

Josh Reddick says he and his Astros teammates have received death threats

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Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.

Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.

At least Josh Reddick is saying it:

It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.