Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. breaks down after foul ball hits young fan

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Cubs' Albert Almora Jr. Breaks Down after Foul Ball Hits Young Girl

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A young baseball fan is reportedly expected to recover after she was struck by a foul ball during the Cubs-Astros game Wednesday.

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The frightening moment happened during the fourth inning when Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. launched a line drive into the stands at Houston's Minute Maid Park. The ball hit a small child, who appeared to be alert but crying as a man lifted her into his arms and carried her away, according to The Associated Press.

Meanwhile, a horrified Almora watched from the field, kneeling and sobbing as teammates consoled him.

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Almora later spoke to a security guard, who embraced him as they discussed the girl's status.

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The Astros said in a statement that the girl "was taken to the hospital" but did not say how she was doing. Houston sports radio station KMBE reported that she "is expected to be OK."

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In a tearful interview after the game, Almora told reporters that he was "at a loss of words."

"As soon as I hit it, the first person I locked eyes on was her," Almora said. "With God willing, I'll be able to have a relationship with this little girl for the rest of my life."

He added: "Being a father of two boys, I want to put a net around the whole stadium."

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