- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2011

BOSTON (AP) - Marlon Byrd has left the Chicago Cubs’ game against the Boston Red Sox after being hit in the head by a pitch in the second inning.

The center fielder was struck by a fastball on the left side of his head in the area of the ear flap on a 1-2 pitch from Alfredo Aceves on Saturday night.

Byrd immediately went down on his back, kicked his legs in the air then quickly got up holding his hand to his face. He walked to the dugout under his own power and down the stairs toward the clubhouse.

Reed Johnson pinch ran and replaced Byrd in the field in the bottom of the second.

Aceves, making his first start of the season with John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka on the disabled list, also hit Chicago’s first batter of the game, Kosuke Fukudome.

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