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Fan hit by broken bat at Fenway Park remains in serious condition

A fan who was struck in the head by a broken bat at Fenway Park remained in serious condition Sunday at a Boston hospital, according to the Associated Press.

A spokeswoman for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Hospital told the AP that Tonya Carpenter's condition is not expected to change Sunday.

The incident happened in the second inning of Friday night's game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics, when Oakland batter Brett Lawrie's bat shattered and the barrel of the bat flew into the stands, striking Carpenter, said David Estrada, a spokesman for the Boston Police Department.

"Her injuries are life-threatening," Estrada said Friday.

In its statement, Carpenter's family acknowledged well-wishers and said further updates on her condition were not expected to be made public Saturday.

"Tonya Carpenter was admitted to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center last night following injury at Fenway Park. She is in serious condition," the statement read. "Tonya's family and loved ones are grateful to all who have reached out with thoughts and prayers but are requesting privacy at this time as Tonya recovers."

The Red Sox, in a statement released Saturday, said, "All of us offer our prayers and our thoughts as we wish her a speedy recovery."

Carpenter, 44, was attending the game with her 8-year-old son and a friend at the time of the incident.

The game was stopped while medical personnel responded to the incident.

According to reports and video from the scene, the woman was badly bleeding from her head and had to be taken from the stadium on a stretcher.

Reports said people seated next to the woman were shaken up by the incident.

"It's a scary moment," Red Sox Manager John Farrell said after the game, according to MLB.com.

"All you can think about is a family coming to a ballgame to hopefully get three hours of enjoyment, and unfortunately with how close our stands are to the field of action, an accident like this tonight is certainly disturbing. Our thoughts and concerns are with her and her family."

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UPDATE

8:17 a.m., June 7: This story has been updated with information regarding the injured fan's condition.

1:49 p.m., June 6: This story has been updated with a statement from the Red Sox.

10:31 a.m., June 6: This story has been updated with the identity of the injured fan and a statement on her condition from her family.

7:56 p.m.: This story has been updated with a comment from Red Sox Manager John Farrell.

This story was originally published at 6:54 p.m., June 5.

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