Found July 25, 2012 on Outside the Boxscore:

The game of baseball is usually a pretty safe sport but there are times that pitchers can lose control of balls and the batter ends up paying for them.

During Tuesday night's Rangers/Red Sox affair, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was at the plate in the eighth inning facing Boston hurler Vicente Padilla.

In the at-bat, Padilla lost control of a pitch and ended up hitting Beltre right in the batting helmet:

Beltre would end up being okay but might miss today's game with a cerebral contusion.

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Game 99: Boston Red Sox @ Texas Rangers

Time: 8:05 PM ET TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI Red Sox (49-49) Ellsbury CF Ciriaco DH Pedroia 2B Gonzalez 1B Ross RF Middlebrooks 3B Crawford LF Shoppach C Aviles SS Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (5-8, 4.53) Rangers (57-39) TBA Pitching: LHP Derek Holland (6-5, 4.84)
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