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Woman Remains In Hospital After Being Hit By Broken Bat At Red Sox Game

The woman was in the second row along the third base line when she was hit in the head by a bat fragment. On Saturday, the family of Tonya Carpenter said she remained in the hospital in serious condition.

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A woman suffered life-threatening injuries Friday night when a broken baseball bat struck her in the head during an A's-Red Sox game at Boston's Fenway Park.

The incident occurred during the second inning when A's third baseman Brett Lawrie hit a pitch. Lawrie's bat broke in half and a large piece flew into the stands, where it struck the woman.

The woman was seated in the second row along the third base line, Boston police spokesperson Rachel McGuire told BuzzFeed News. McGuire described her injuries as "life threatening."

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A security guard told The Boston Globe the woman had been hit in the face. Witness Arvald Karp told the Globe the woman looked like she was "in shock."

On Saturday, her family identified her as Tonya Carpenter and said she remained in serious condition.

Here's the statement from the family of woman seriously injured by bat at #Fenway Park last night.

The game was temporarily stopped after the bat hit Carpenter and she was rushed to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, McGuire said.

A video taken by a fan showed her being wheeled off the field on a stretcher.

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Major League Baseball instituted a series of changes to its regulations at the beginning of the 2009 season in response to safety concerns about broken bats, WCVB reported. Since then, instances of bats breaking into multiple pieces has fallen 50 percent, an MLB spokesperson said.

Jim Dalrymple is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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