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Kearns hit by three pitches Monday

Kearns hit by three pitches Monday

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ARLINGTON -- Austin Kearns didn't have any noteworthy bruises. In fact, until third-base coach Steve Smith mentioned something, he said he didn't really realize he had been plunked by three pitches from three different Rangers pitchers Monday night.

"I didn't really pay attention to it," he said.

The record-keepers did. Kearns became the first Tribe player in club history to get hit by three pitches in a single game. He tied a Major League record that has been done many times. Manny Ramirez was the last player to reach the mark. In fact, Ramirez did it two years earlier, to the day -- July 5, 2008.

Kearns was hit by a 93-mph Omar Beltre fastball in the third inning, an 82-mph Dustin Nippert changeup in the fourth and an 80-mph Alexi Ogando slider in the eighth. None of the plunking appeared the least bit intentional.

"I'm not a guy who's on top of the plate, but I'm not far away from it, either," Kearns said. "I tend to get pitched in, so that stuff's going to happen."

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