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Cubs’ Ramirez Leaves Game After Getting Hit In Face

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Aramis Ramirez

Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez, left, is taken into the dugout by trainer after Ramirez, was hit in the mouth by a ball hit by Houston Astros’ Chris Johnson during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 1, 2011 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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CHICAGO (AP) Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez left Wednesday’s game against the Houston Astros after getting hit in the face by a ground ball that took a bad hop.

Ramirez dove after a hard grounder down the line hit by Houston’s Chris Johnson. The ball appeared to take a bad hop and hit Ramirez in the mouth area. He remained on the ground while shortstop Starlin Castro retrieved the ball.

Team trainers ran onto the field and helped Ramirez into the dugout while holding a towel to his face. Ramirez was replaced by rookie D.J. LeMahieu.

The Cubs and Astros were tied 1-1 in the seventh when Ramirez was hurt.

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