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Dodgers' Kuroda hit by liner in head, carted off field

Los Angeles Dodgers' Hiroki Kuroda, left, of Japan, is attended by teammate Orlando Hudson, center, as assistant athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk, right, runs out to check Kuroda after he was hit in the head on a line drive.
Los Angeles Dodgers' Hiroki Kuroda, left, of Japan, is attended by teammate Orlando Hudson, center, as assistant athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk, right, runs out to check Kuroda after he was hit in the head on a line drive.
Ross D. Franklin, Associated Press

PHOENIX — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda was carted off the field after being hit by a line drive in the head Saturday night.

A shot off the bat of Arizona pinch-hitter Rusty Ryal caught Kuroda on the right side of his head with Los Angeles leading 3-0 in the sixth inning. The 34-year-old Kuroda crumpled to the mound, clutching his head, as the ball deflected into foul territory.

All eight Dodgers fielders stood on the mound as trainers tended to Kuroda, who was placed on a stretcher and loaded onto a cart.

Kuroda raised both of his arms as the cart rolled off the field.