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After catching line drive in face, Blackburn still slotted for next start

Updated: June 2, 2008, 7:24 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Nick Blackburn pointed to the seam imprint on his upper lip that still lingered a day after he was hit in the face by a line drive from Bobby Abreu.

Blackburn's lip was still plenty swollen and he had headaches on Monday, but the Twins rookie feels lucky that is all he has to complain about after the frightening play in the fifth inning of Minnesota's 5-1 victory over the Yankees on Sunday.

"It feels way better than I thought it possibly could," Blackburn said.

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