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Rays' Hellickson hit in head during batting practice

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson was hit in the head by a ball during batting practice before Wednesday's game against the Tigers at Comerica Park.

Hellickson was alert and responsive and was taken to a nearby hospital for observation.

The reigning American League Rookie of the Year is off to a 1-0 start this season after tossing 8 2/3 scoreless innings against the Yankees on Sunday.