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Matt Chapman hit in head by pitch, exits game

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Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman was taken out of Wednesday night’s game against the Royals after being hit in the head by a Jakob Junis fastball in the first inning. Chapman initially stayed in the game, even batting a second time the next inning, but did not take his position for the bottom of the second inning. Chad Pinder replaced him at third base.

Chapman was 0-for-1 with the HBP. The All-Star is batting .259/.344/.528 with 30 home runs, 74 RBI, and 85 runs scored in 550 plate appearances this season. Along with his Gold Glove-caliber defense, he is vitally important to the Wild Card-hopeful Athletics. The A’s entered Wednesday’s action holding the second AL Wild Card by a game over the Rays.

The club should provide an update on Chapman’s status later tonight or tomorrow as he goes through concussion protocol. He could wind up on the seven-day concussion injured list.

Video: Kurt Suzuki breaks World Series Game 2 tie with long solo homer

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The postseason has a knack for finding unlikely heroes. Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki was 1-for-23 in the postseason entering Wednesday’s Game 2 of the World Series. The Nats and Astros each plated two runs in the first inning, then went otherwise scoreless through the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, with Justin Verlander returning to the mound, Suzuki demolished a high, 1-0 fastball just below the train tracks in left field at Minute Maid Park, breaking the 2-2 tie.

Verlander proceeded to walk Victor Robles, prompting manager A.J. Hinch to take his veteran starter out of the game. Ryan Pressly came in to attempt to keep it a one-run game.

The underdog Nationals held on to defeat the Astros 5-4 in Game 1. Another victory by the Nats in Game 2 would put the Astros — heavy favorites according to oddsmakers — in a big hole.

Update: Pressly walked the first batter he faced, Trea Turner. Adam Eaton successfully sacrifice bunted both runners over. After Anthony Rendon flied out to shallow center field, Hinch decided to issue his team’s first intentional walk of the entire year to Juan Soto, loading the bases. Howie Kendrick then hit what appeared to be an inning-ending ground out, but Alex Bregman booted the ball as he moved to his left. Turner scored to make it 4-2. The floodgates opened when Asdrúbal Cabrera lined a single to center field, bringing home two more runs to pad the lead to 6-2. While pitching to Ryan Zimmerman, Pressly uncorked a wild pitch to allow the two base runners to advance. Zimmerman followed up with a slow roller down the third base line which Bregman barehanded and proceeded to throw away. Two more runs scored. 8-2. Yiiiikes, Astros.