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Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez leaves with an apparent injury

BALTIMORE - New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez was forced to leave Tuesday's game with an apparent injury.

On a fifth inning double play, Rodriguez pulled up prior to first base just before the throw beat him. Immediately afterward, he looked as if he grabbed his hamstring.

A-Rod walked off gingerly, mixing in a little slow jogging into his trip off the field.

In the eighth inning, when his next turn came up, Dustin Ackley pinch-hit for A-Rod. The Yankees did not immediately announce an injury.

Rodriguez missed two games last week because of an oblique injury.

For the struggling Yankees, Rodriguez has been a recent bright spot in the lineup. He entered Tuesday having gone 6-for-14 in the Yankees' previous six games. He still began the game batting just .203 with five homers and 12 RBIs.

Rodriguez, 40, is being paid $21 million this season and is owed $21 million more for 2017, which will be the final year of his 10-year, $275 million.