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Fan hit in back of head by foul ball at Pittsburgh Pirates-Chicago Cubs game

A woman seated in the Lexus Club section

A woman seated in the Lexus Club section of PNC Park is taken out by EMT's and Pittsburgh Police on a stretcher after taking a foul ball to the back of her head in the second inning during a game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs on April 20, 2015 in Pittsburgh. Credit: Getty Images / Jared Wickerham

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Pirates game against the Chicago Cubs was delayed 23 minutes Monday night after a female fan behind home plate was hit in the back of the head by a ball off the bat of Starlin Castro.

The Pirates said in a statement the woman was conscious and alert when she was taken out of the seating are on a stretcher. She gave a thumbs-up gesture to nearby fans before being taken to a hospital.

The woman was standing in the first row behind home plate with her back toward the field when Castro fouled a ball straight back against the protective screen. The ball was hit with such force that it struck the fan.

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