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Baseball briefs

September 21, 2001

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Williams leaves game after being hit in head

Chicago New York Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams left Thursday night's game against the Chicago White Sox after he was hit in the helmet by a first-inning pitch from Kip Wells. Williams was hit in the right side of the back of the head but was OK, a Yankee spokesman said. Williams will be re-evaluated Friday.

Williams writhed in the dirt for several seconds and then was led to first base dugout by a trainer and manager Joe Torre. An angry Williams told Torre he could return but was replaced by Gerald Williams.

As Bernie Williams was being examined in front of the dugout and teammates checked on his condition, an incensed Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer raced to first base screaming at umpire Rob Drake and had to be restrained by Torre.

Mariners' Boone has bruised heel

Seattle All-Star second baseman Bret Boone was on crutches because of a bruised right heel and missed the Seattle Mariners' game with Anaheim on Thursday night.

Boone, who leads the Mariners with 35 home runs and 129 RBIs, could be out for his team's three-game series in Oakland that begins tonight.

He had an MRI exam of his heel Thursday, a night after getting hurt in the fifth inning of Wednesday night's 5-0 win over the Angels. He was hurt when he hit the first-base bag hard while running out an RBI grounder.

Cardinals' Vina bruises right hand

Pittsburgh St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Fernando Vina bruised his right hand after being struck by a pitch in the first inning Thursday night against Pittsburgh and left the game.

Vina, who is hitting .303, spent several minutes with trainers after being struck by Jimmy Anderson's pitch.

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