MLB Wrap: Rays' Cobb hit by line drive, suffers concussion

MLB Wrap: Rays' Cobb hit by line drive, suffers concussion
June 15, 2013, 9:30 pm
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A scary moment involving Tampa Bay right-hander Alex Cobb overshadowed the Rays victory.

Cobb was taken off the field on a stretcher after he was hit on the right ear by a liner off the bat of Kansas City's Eric Hosmer in the fifth inning of the Rays' 5-3 win over the Royals on Saturday.

Rays spokesman Rick Vaughn said all tests were normal and that Cobb suffered a mild concussion. Cobb was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where he will spent the night.

Cobb tweeted Saturday night: "Can't thank everyone enough for the prayers. Was the only way for me to make it out of there ok. Look forward to getting back out there."

He put a hand on his head after being struck. Trainers from both teams and other medical staff immediately ran onto the field. Cobb could be seen kicking his legs while being examined on the mound.

The team said Cobb remained conscious the whole time.

Players on both teams had hands on their heads as a stunned silence overtook Tropicana Field after the crowd gasped when Cobb was struck. Rays head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield and Dr. Michael Reilly went with Cobb to the hospital.

Tampa Bay pitcher David Price visited Cobb in the hospital and tweeted: "Cobber is way more tough than me!! Laughing at jokes and the name they gave him!! Please keep him and his family in your prayers," (see full recap).

Braves beat Romo, edge Giants, 6-5
ATLANTA -- Justin Upton has seen a lot of Sergio Romo and knew what pitches to look for - and what pitch to take.

Freddie Freeman didn't have that advantage, so he said he was just looking for anything to hit.

The strategies worked for each of the Braves' hitters in a ninth-inning comeback against the Giants' closer.

Upton drew a bases-loaded walk from Romo to force in the tying run and Freeman followed with a line-drive single off the closer to cap a two-run rally in the ninth that lifted Atlanta to a 6-5 win over San Francisco on Saturday (see full recap).

Beltran, Cardinals beat up Marlins, 13-7
MIAMI -- Carlos Beltran homering from each side of the plate Saturday was hardly a shocker, since he had done it 10 times before.

But Lance Lynn's two-run single? That was unprecedented.

Both contributed offensively as the St. Louis Cardinals survived a slugfest against the lowest-scoring team in the major leagues and beat the Miami Marlins 13-7. Beltran homered twice and tripled, while Lynn (9-1) notched the victory despite allowing a career-high seven runs in five innings.

The Cardinals scored five runs in the first, then found themselves at 6-all in the second before pulling away. Even for the hitters, the game was no fun, Beltran said (see full recap).

Cubs stifle Mets, 5-2
NEW YORK -- Darwin Barney's soft single fell into right field and Scott Feldman took off running, then rounded second and - wait, was he trying for third?

"I didn't know what I was doing, actually," the Cubs pitcher said. "I kind of just decided to go I guess."

Like just about everything else Feldman did against the Mets on Saturday it worked out. Feldman allowed two hits in seven innings and the Cubs beat the Mets 5-2.

Feldman hit a two-run single in the fourth, setting up his slow-motion scamper on the bases. He rounded second and headed for third, drawing a throw that seemed as if it had a chance to get him (see full recap).

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