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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 31, 2002: The Devil Rays score eight runs in the 4th inning of their game against Oakland, but still come out on the short end of a 13–9 score. Home plate umpire Steve Rippley is forced to leave the game after being hit in the head by a pitch from Tampa Bay's Lee Gardner, which hits Adam Piatt and deflects off catcher John Flaherty before hitting Rippley. He suffers a slight fracture between his left temple and cheekbone but never loses consciousness and is removed on a stretcher.