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Alex Rodriguez pulls out of All-Star game; sent for MRI on sore knee
NEW YORK (AP) ' Alex Rodriguez has pulled out of the All-Star game, joining his New York Yankees' teammates Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera in missing the midsummer classic.
Rodriguez was elected by the fans to his 14th All-Star appearance. He is nursing a sore right knee. A-Rod is being held out of Friday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays and was sent for an MRI.
Jeter pulled out of Tuesday's game in Arizona earlier Friday to rest his injured right calf. Rivera has not pitched since Sunday because of a right triceps injury and a day ago said he will not participate.
Rodriguez tweaked the knee against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 19. Despite hitting .359 with 10 RBIs in his last 16 games, Rodriguez he has not homered in 85 at-bats.
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NEW YORK (AP) ' Alex Rodriguez was sent for an MRI on his sore right knee and is out of the New York Yankees' lineup for their game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.
Rodriguez tweaked the knee against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 19. Despite hitting .359 with 10 RBIs in his last 16 games, Rodriguez he has not homered in 85 at-bats, a career-high drought for one season.
Manager Joe Girardi says the test is precautionary. He's not sure if Rodriguez will be able to play Saturday afternoon against the Rays.
There is a chance Rodriguez may miss the All-Star game along with teammates Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. Girardi says it's A-Rod's choice.
Nick Swisher is also out Friday with a sore left quadriceps.