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July 19, 2010

Line drive hits Dustin Nippert in head

The Rangers-Tigers game tonight came to a halt in the bottom of the sixth after reliever Dustin Nippert was struck on the right side of his head by a line drive off the bat of Tigers rookie and Denton native Austin Jackson.

The ball caromed into left field for a double. As Jackson was heading toward second base, catcher Matt Treanor sprinted to the mound to aide Nippert, and assistant trainer Kevin Harmon also ran onto the field.

Nippert was eventually helped to his feet, and he was steadied by Harmon as he walked off the field. Darren O'Day replaced Nippert and eventually stranded Jackson at second base.

The Rangers and Tigers are tied 5-5 heading to the seventh inning.

-- Jeff Wilson

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