When A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy needed brain surgery in Sept. 2012 after a line drive struck his head, MLB accelerated efforts to offer some protection against the long-standing danger on the mound. (Editor's note: This story from February 2013 and the product involved is not the same as the one approved by MLB).
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Competing against cheaters
Was the IOC ruling on Russia a cop-out?
IOC decision tragic outcome for clean athletes
The death of Troy Causey
Charlotte reacts to losing NBA All-Star Game
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Why pitchers won't wear protective headwear
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