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Fister Rebounding Nicely After Line Drive To Head

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Coaches check on pitcher Doug Fister after being hit by a ball in Game 2 of World Series against the San Francisco Giants. (Getty Images/Doug Pensinger)

Coaches check on pitcher Doug Fister after being hit by a ball in Game 2 of World Series against the San Francisco Giants. (Getty Images/Doug Pensinger)

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DETROIT — Detroit right-hander Doug Fister pitched remarkably in Game 2 of the World Series, taking a shutout bid into the seventh inning after being hit in the head by a line drive in the second.

Although he showed few ill effects from that scary moment, the Tigers were still keeping an eye on him.

“He will be checked out,” manager Jim Leyland said Friday. “We will take care of everything.”

A team spokesman later said trainer Kevin Rand had pronounced Fister fine. Leyland felt comfortable enough about Fister’s prognosis that he joked a bit about flying back to Detroit with the pitcher.

“He was sitting right behind his folks and I had a nice conversation with him,” Leyland said. “I’m a little worried about him because this morning he didn’t remember our conversation — no, I’m just kidding.”

San Francisco finally scored in the seventh inning and went on to win 2-0 on Thursday night. The Giants lead the series by that same count.

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