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Baseball notes: Mariners’ Mitch Haniger leaves game after getting hit in face by 95 mph pitch

Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger was hit in the face by a 95 mph pitch from New York Mets starter Jacob deGrom on Saturday at Safeco Field but appeared to avoid a major injury.

DeGrom’s fastball tailed quickly at the end and Haniger was unable to turn away in time. He crumpled to the ground and received attention from the training staff for several minutes before leaving the field under his own power.

The Mariners indicated after the game that Haniger appeared to have a bruised mouth and was alert following the team’s 3-2 victory.

The team said Haniger, who earlier this season missed six weeks because of a strained oblique muscle, would be taken to a Seattle hospital for further examination.

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Haniger, a 26-year-old from in his second season in the majors, is batting .255 with seven home runs, 24 RBIs, 26 walks and an on-base percentage of .355. He was a first-round draft choice in 2012 out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

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