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Jays' Ruiz back 2 days after pitch to face

Updated: September 8, 2009, 8:44 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Randy Ruiz spent 11 years working to reach the major leagues. If the Blue Jays designated hitter had stuck with boxing, he might have made the big time more quickly: The burly rookie has already shown he can take a punch.

Ruiz returned to the lineup Tuesday, two days after he was knocked out of the game when he took a pitch in the face. A split lip is the only sign of the blow that left Ruiz on his knees, spitting blood on the turf.

"I tell you what, I was ready to come ...

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