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Alex Rodriguez (knee) scratched

Updated: September 29, 2011, 1:37 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez was scratched from the New York Yankees lineup less than an hour before the beginning of their regular-season finale against the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday night because of what the club described as a "sore right knee.''

The Yankees lost 8-7 in the 12th inning.

It is the same knee Rodriguez underwent arthroscopic surgery on to repair a torn meniscus in July, an injury that caused him to miss 38 games.

"We just felt it was smarter to ...

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