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Baldelli leaves game

Slumping CF Rocco Baldelli left Tuesday game's after pulling up running to first base in the first inning with what the Rays said was a left hamstring strain. Baldelli has been bothered by hamstring problems over the last few seasons, missing more than two months at the start of the 2006 season with a left hamstring strain. With Tuesday's groundout, he has one hit in his last 40 atbats and his average is down to .204. With Elijah Dukes in the lineup as DH, manager Joe Maddon moved B.J. Upton from second to center. His only other option would have been to put Jonny Gomes in left or right and move Carl Crawford or Delmon Young to center, or to lose the DH.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:31am]


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