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Hideki Matsui Injury: Rays' Outfielder Leaves Yankees Game With Hamstring Tightness

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder and DH Hideki Matsui left Monday night's game against the New York Yankees with a hamstring injury. Matsui was removed from the game in the second inning with what the team called hamstring tightness. The veteran outfielder appeared to pull up lame while chasing down two flyballs against his old team, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times:

Matsui, 38, was starting in the outfield for a second straight day, and ran after two fly balls in right - one that dropped in, and one that was foul - and appeared to bang into the wall on the second.

Tampa Bay manager moved Ben Zobrist to right, shifted Will Rhymes from third to second, and put Jeff Keppinger in the game to replace Matsui.

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