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Royals’ German Hit in Face by Fly Ball

April 30, 2006

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Kansas City center fielder Esteban German left Sunday’s game against Oakland in the sixth inning after being hit in the mouth by a fly ball.

German, the second Royals center fielder to leave a game early in as many days, appeared to misjudge Nick Swisher’s deep drive to left-center. The ball missed his glove, hit him in the face and rolled along the wall as German lay on the warning track.

The team said German had bruises and lacerations to his mouth.

Chavez, who was credited with a sacrifice fly, reached third on the error as two runs scored, giving the A’s a 10-5 lead. They scored six runs in the inning to go up 11-5.

The Royals already have two center fielders on the disabled list, both with hamstring injuries. David DeJesus left for Arizona on Sunday to continue his rehab, and Shane Costa strained his left hamstring running out a double in Friday night’s 5-3 loss to Oakland.

Kerry Robinson moved from right to center field, and Reggie Sanders came in to play right field and took German’s spot in the lineup.

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