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A-Rod is scratched from Yankees' lineup because of thumb injury
NEW YORK (AP) ' Alex Rodriguez has been scratched from the Yankees' lineup Tuesday night because of a jammed left thumb sustained two days ago, his first game back from knee surgery.
Rodriguez was originally set to bat fourth for New York in the opener of a three-game series against Oakland. But after cutting short his early batting practice he decided it was too sore to play.
A-Rod said he hurt himself fielding a grounder at Minnesota Sunday, his first game since going on the DL July 7 for a knee injury.
Rodriguez says he's available to pinch-hit and that his knee feels good.