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Yanks slugger Rizzo scratched with back tightness

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Marly RiveraESPN Writer

CloseMarly Rivera is a writer for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.

ST. LOUIS — The New York Yankees opened their first interleague series at Busch Stadium since 2014 without slugging first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who was scratched from the starting lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals because of lower-back tightness.

The Yankees pulled Rizzo less than a half-hour before the first pitch of their 4-3 loss. Rizzo missed four games July 5-8 while dealing with lower-back tightness/soreness. Two of those games were against another NL Central team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the other two vs. the Boston Red Sox.

“Him and Timmy [Tim Lentych, head athletic trainer] came into my office right before and just felt like they didn’t want to push through,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “He felt something a little bit in batting practice, so we’ll see what we have.”

Boone didn’t seem to think the injury would keep Rizzo out for an extended period.

“I think last time he knew it was very similar to what he’s had sometimes in the past, where he knew it was going to be a few days,” Boone said. “He didn’t seem to think that was the case when he came in

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