Fan hit by bat as Tigers beat Rangers

DETROIT (AP) - Doug Fister delivered another strong start in a game Detroit needed and Miguel Cabrera homered and hit a tiebreaking double to lead the Tigers past the Texas Rangers 5-2 Tuesday night in Game 3 of the AL championship series.

Detroit dropped the first two games in Texas before turning to Fister, who won the decisive fifth game of the division series at Yankee Stadium last week. He was sharp again, allowing two runs and seven hits with no walks in 7 1-3 innings.

Jose Valverde, after pitching two innings the day before, worked around a leadoff double in the ninth for his third playoff save.

During the game, a fan was on the head by Josh Hamilton's flying bat, but appears to be OK.

Hamilton's bat slipped out of his hands as the Texas slugger swung and missed at a pitch in the sixth inning Tuesday night during Game 3 of the AL championship series against the Tigers. The bat sailed into the stands just behind the Rangers' dugout and hit a male fan wearing a Justin Verlander jersey.

The blow seemed to stun the man at first, but he was evaluated by medical personnel and stayed in his front-row seat, holding a cold pack on the back of his head.

The bat that went into the stands was returned to the Rangers, who appeared to pass along another piece of lumber to the dinged-up fan.

Back in July, a Rangers fan fell to his death in a tragic accident after reaching over a railing to try to catch a ball tossed into the stands by Hamilton.

The next night, Hamilton hit a foul ball that struck a male fan sitting about five rows behind the third-base dugout. Stadium personnel immediately tended to the fan, who had blood on his face and required stitches. Rangers officials said the fan was treated at the stadium and was OK.

Game 4 is Wednesday afternoon. Matt Harrison starts for Texas against Rick Porcello - both went 14-9 this season.