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A fan holds his head after being hit with the bat from Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers, when it slipped out of his hands during Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on October 11, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

DETROIT (AP) - A fan in Detroit was hit on the head by Josh Hamilton’s flying bat Tuesday night, but appeared to be okay.

Hamilton’s bat slipped out of his hands as the Texas slugger swung and missed at a pitch in the sixth inning during Game 3 of the AL championship series against the Tigers. The bat sailed into the stands just behind the Rangers’ dugout and hit a male fan wearing a Justin Verlander jersey.

The blow seemed to stun the man at first, but he was evaluated by medical personnel and stayed in his front-row seat, holding a cold pack on the back of his head.

The bat that went into the stands was returned to the Rangers, who appeared to pass along another piece of lumber to the dinged-up fan.

Comerica Park security prevented at least one reporter from approaching the fan for an interview.

Back in July, a Rangers fan fell to his death in a tragic accident after reaching over a railing to try to catch a ball tossed into the stands by Hamilton.

The next night, Hamilton hit a foul ball that struck a male fan sitting about five rows behind the third-base dugout. Stadium personnel immediately tended to the fan, who had blood on his face and required stitches. Rangers officials said the fan was treated at the stadium and was OK.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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