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Umpire Joyce exits after being struck by foul ball

SEATTLE -- Third-base umpire Jim Joyce exited with a leg injury in the 10th inning of the Mariners' 6-5 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday at Safeco Field.

Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano fouled a fastball from Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Loup down the third-base line with no outs in the 10th. The ball made contact with Joyce, who hesitated momentarily before calling the ball foul.

Joyce's fellow umpires as well and Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson gathered around Joyce to check on him before the crew chief left the game, walking under his own power. Second-base umpire Greg Gibson, first-base umpire Sam Holbrook and home-plate umpire Chad Fairchild called the remainder of the game -- which, as it turned out, was only one more batter -- as a three-man crew.

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said after the game that he had not heard about Joyce's condition, although Joyce's exit appeared to be precautionary. McClendon felt the ball was fair, and Cano later grounded out to second for the first out of the inning, before Franklin Gutierrez hit a walk off home run.

"I thought it was a fair ball. That's not a play that you can review," McClendon said. "That would've been a tough break because [Cano] should've been on second."

Andrew Erickson is an associate reporter for
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