Lopes appeared to duck his head at the last instant to prevent the ball from hitting him in the jaw. He was checked by a trainer for a couple of minutes, then walked slowly to first base. The team says Lopes is in the concussion protocol.
VerHagen received hearty boos from the crowd when he attempted to pick off Lopes at first a few pitches later. Lopes countered by stealing second, and he scored on J.P. Crawford's triple. Seattle won 10-2.
The 25-year-old Lopes is getting his chance on the big league roster because of Dee Gordon's trip to the 10-day injured list with a strained quadriceps.
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