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Twins' Blackburn bloodied by line drive to his face

Updated: June 2, 2008, 7:03 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- His face just hit by a line drive, Nick Blackburn flung his arms out and flopped on the turf in front of the mound.

The Minnesota Twins feared the worst, and so did Bobby Abreu -- whose powerful swing produced that liner with one out in the fifth inning of Sunday's game between Minnesota and the New York Yankees.

But the rookie right-hander quickly rose to his feet and walked off the field on his own, a towel pressed to his face to keep the blood from spurting ...

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