Crawford leaves in 1st, Hallion in 6th

Updated: August 26, 2009, 9:55 PM ET
Associated Press

ORONTO -- It was a tough night to be the home plate umpire when the Rays and Jays played Wednesday.

Crew chief Jerry Crawford left took a foul ball off his face mask and after two innings and his replacement, Tom Hallion, had to leave after he was struck in the chest by a pitch from Rays lefty Scott Kazmir in the sixth.

Hallion left the field in the bottom of the second to change into his gear to work the plate, then replaced Crawford between innings.

With two outs and a runner at second in the sixth, Travis Snider swung and missed at a two-strike pitch that seemed to cross up Rays catcher Gregg Zaun. The ball slammed into Hallion's chest, knocking him backward and onto the ground.

Trainers and medical staff rushed to Hallion's side and waved a cart onto the field. Hallion eventaully stood up and walked off without assistance.

After a 21-minute delay, the game resumed with Hallion at third base. First base umpire Brian O'Nora moved behind the plate and Scott Barry moved from third to first.

Crawford left a June 21 game between the Rays and New York Mets because of lower back pain. The 61-year-old has a history of back trouble, missing several games last August.


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