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Royals OF German struck in mouth by fly ball

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City center fielder Esteban German left Sunday's game against Oakland in the sixth inning after
being hit in the mouth by a fly ball.

German, the second Royals center fielder to leave a game early
in as many days, appeared to misjudge Nick Swisher's deep drive to
left-center. The ball missed his glove, hit him in the face and
rolled along the wall as German lay on the warning track.

The team said German had bruises and lacerations to his mouth.

Chavez, who was credited with a sacrifice fly, reached third on
the error as two runs scored, giving the A's a 10-5 lead. They
scored six runs in the inning to go up 11-5.

The Royals already have two center fielders on the disabled
list, both with hamstring injuries. David DeJesus left for Arizona
on Sunday to continue his rehab, and Shane Costa strained his left
hamstring running out a double in Friday night's 5-3 loss to
Oakland.

Kerry Robinson moved from right to center field, and Reggie
Sanders came in to play right field and took German's spot in the
lineup.