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Fenway fan hit in head after bat slips out of Devon Travis’ hands

A fan seated on the thirdbase line was hit in the head by a bat that slipped out of the hands of the Blue Jays Devon Travis in the top of the eighth inning.
A fan seated on the thirdbase line was hit in the head by a bat that slipped out of the hands of the Blue Jays Devon Travis in the top of the eighth inning.(Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

BOSTON — A man sitting in the box seats at Wednesday night’s Red Sox game was hit on the forehead by a bat that slipped out of Devon Travis’ hands in the eighth inning.

The bat cleared the netting along the baseline and landed about 15 rows up in the box seats, about midway between third base and home plate. Security scrambled for towels and a stretcher was brought to take the man.

The man received a big cheer from the crowd when he stood up. Holding a towel to his head in his right hand, he pumped his left fist to acknowledge the applause. He walked to the stretcher and sat on it and was wheeled away.

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In a statement, Red Sox team spokeswoman Zineb Curran said the man was “quickly treated by medical personnel on scene” and taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for further evaluation.

Devon Travis, of the Toronto Blue Jays, loses his bat during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Devon Travis, of the Toronto Blue Jays, loses his bat during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.(Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Fans react after getting hit by a bat, which flew over the protective screening.
Fans react after getting hit by a bat, which flew over the protective screening.(Charles Krupa/Associated Press)
Fans react after Devon Travis lost control of the bat and it flew into the stands.
Fans react after Devon Travis lost control of the bat and it flew into the stands.(Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
The fan was up and waving to cheering fans around him.
The fan was up and waving to cheering fans around him.(Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Danny McDonald of the Globe Staff contributed to this story.