Cunningham Beaned in the Head

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Aaron Cunningham has left the Oakland Athletics' game against Minnesota after being hit in the head by a pitch.

Twins starter Anthony Swarzak hit Cunningham square in the helmet and knocked it off his head in the fourth inning Monday night, and the ball sailed high in the air. Cunningham dropped to one knee and athletic trainer Steve Sayles and manager Bob Geren rushed out.

Cunningham stayed in the game and slowly went to first several minutes later. Jack Hannahan cleared the bases with his double two pitches later.

But Gregorio Petit replaced Cunningham in the top of the fifth.