David Huff lay motionless on the mound for nearly six minutes, struck in the head by Alex Rodriguez’s line drive. His Cleveland teammates gathered nearby, the crowd stood in stunned silence.
“It was very scary,’’ Indians outfielder Trevor Crowe said. “One of the first times in baseball I was fearful for someone’s life.’’
About three hours later, after a negative CT scan at the hospital, the pitcher was back in the clubhouse, smiling with the relieved Indians after their remarkable, come-from-behind 13-11 victory yesterday over the Yankees in New York.
As he rode the team bus back to the hotel with his parents and brother, the 25-year-old lefthander got a phone call from A-Rod.
“It was definitely an emotional roller coaster today,’’ Indians first baseman Matt LaPorta said.
Rodriguez’s drive hit Huff above the left ear and caromed into right field for an RBI double in the third inning, a frightening scene that shook players on both sides. Rodriguez put both hands to his helmet as he pulled into second base, and went straight toward the mound.
Huff was face down in the dirt for about 90 seconds, then trainers helped him onto his back. At the urging of the trainers, Huff remained still. He answered their questions and never lost consciousness, nor did he have memory loss.
Down, 10-4, in the sixth inning to CC Sabathia, the Indians came back to win in their highest-scoring game of the season. Lou Marson hit three doubles, including a key shot off Joba Chamberlain (1-3) in a seven-run seventh, and Russell Branyan homered for the second straight day.
Angels 5, Mariners 1 — Kendry Morales fractured his lower left leg while celebrating his game-ending grand slam in the 10th inning to give Los Angeles a victory over Seattle.
Morales connected with one out and circled the bases to a waiting celebration. He leaped toward home plate and landed awkwardly. He is scheduled to undergo surgery today.
Giants 12, Diamondbacks 1 — Buster Posey had three hits and three RBIs in his first major league game of the season and Juan Uribe homered and drove in two runs as host San Francisco sent Arizona to its sixth straight loss.
Twins 8, Rangers 3 — Delmon Young hit a two-run double and J.J. Hardy followed with a two-run single in a six-run seventh inning as host Minnesota spanked Texas.
Rays 8, White Sox 5 — Carlos Pena drove in three runs, Wade Davis allowed three runs while pitching into the seventh, and Tampa Bay got by Chicago in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Blue Jays 5, Orioles 2 — Lyle Overbay hit two of host Toronto’s four home runs and Vernon Wells slugged the go-ahead shot. Cubs 5, Cardinals 0 — Carlos Silva improved to 7-0, striking out a career-high 11 during seven dominant innings for host Chicago.
Athletics 6, Tigers 0 — Brett Anderson was sharp in his first start in a month and Mark Ellis drove in four runs for visiting Oakland.
Reds 12, Astros 2 — Jay Bruce and Ramon Hernandez each hit two home runs to propel host Cincinnati.
Braves 6, Pirates 3 — Jason Heyward homered, Martin Prado drove in three runs, including the go-ahead run in the sixth, and host Atlanta topped Pittsburgh.
Brewers 8, Mets 6 — Corey Hart hit a grand slam and a two-run homer in his first two times up to lift host Milwaukee.
Rockies 11, Dodgers 3 — Aaron Cook pitched effectively for 6 1/3 innings, and Carlos Gonzalez homered and added a run-saving defensive gem in center field to lift host Colorado.
Padres 4, Nationals 2 — Nick Hundley hit a three-run home run in the first inning and Mat Latos won his fourth straight decision as host San Diego beat Washington.