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Only in America: Batter up

A jury orders a baseball-bat company to fork over nearly $1 million to a player hit by a ball — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

A jury has ordered a baseball-bat company to pay $951,000 to a high school pitcher who was hit in the face by a line drive. Lawyers for pitcher Dillon Yeaman argued that the hitter's aluminum bat had a "design defect" — namely, that the ball came off it too quickly — and should have had a label warning of the "known risk of grave harm" to anyone hit by a fast-moving baseball.