Home-plate umpire Kerwin Danley left the field on a stretcher after being hit in the head by a broken bat in the sixth inning of last night's game between visiting Texas and Toronto.

With one out in the sixth, Rangers designated hitter Hank Blalock's bat broke on an infield pop. A large piece flew back and hit Danley on the side of the head, knocking him to the ground.

Crew chief Dana DeMuth said Danley was taken to the hospital with a possible concussion, but did not lose consciousness.

"He was in a lot of head pain and didn't want to talk," DeMuth said. "But he knew where he was and he said he had feeling in everything."

The Rangers won the game, 5-4, getting two-run homers from Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz.

On April 26, 2008, Danley was taken off the field on a stretcher after being hit in the head by a pitch from Los Angeles Dodgers righthander Brad Penny. He was released from the hospital the next day and returned to the field in June.

Danley also was knocked out of a June 2006 game between the Astros and Cubs after being hit on the collarbone by a pitch.

In other games:

* At New York, Johnny Damon had a home run and RBI double and Andy Pettitte (2-0) allowed two runs on nine hits in seven innings as the Yankees defeated the Oakland Athletics, 5-3.

* At Cleveland, Grady Sizemore hit a three-run homer and the Indians turned doubleplays in six straight innings in an 8-7 victory over the Kansas City Royals. The six doubleplays tied a club record for the Indians and set a team mark for the Royals.

* At Seattle, Rob Johnson drove in a pair of runs with a fourth-inning triple as the Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-2.

* At Baltimore, Aubrey Huff homered twice and the Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox, 10-3.

* At Anaheim, Gary Matthews Jr. had a sacrifice fly and RBI double as the Angels edged the Detroit Tigers, 4-3.

* At Boston, the game between the Red Sox and Minnesota Twins was rained out and rescheduled as the first game of a day-night doubleheader today.


* A little more than 3 weeks after being placed on the disabled list because of an anxiety disorder, Detroit lefthander Dontrelle Willis began a minor league rehabilitation assignment with Class A Lakeland, pitching seven effective innings in a 4-0 loss to Clearwater.

* Yankees rightfielder Xavier Nady will try to rehab his injured right elbow, which has a partial ligament tear, without surgery, in the hope he can return this season.

* Oakland Athletics reliever Joey Devine has had surgery on his right elbow and is expected to be sidelined for an extended period.

* The Royals placed pitcher Doug Waechter on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow strain and recalled righthander Brian Bannister from Triple A Omaha.

* Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie had surgery on his left wrist and should be ready to swing a bat in 6 weeks. Meanwhile, outfielder Rocco Baldelli went on the 15-day disabled list after he strained his left hamstring Monday.

* Rangers righthander Kris Benson has elbow tendinitis and will get 3 extra days of rest before his next start, Saturday in Baltimore.

* The Orioles placed Ryan Freel on the 15-day disabled list, a day after he was struck in the head with a ball on a pickoff attempt. *