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A-Rod says hamstring OK, serves as DH

BALTIMORE -- Alex Rodriguez said that he did not expect to have any difficulty serving as the Yankees' DH on Wednesday, one night after he tweaked his left hamstring scoring from second base on a single.

Rodriguez said that he felt a "knot" in the lower portion of his hamstring as he ran home on Robinson Cano's eighth-inning single in New York's 7-5 win, but received treatment and felt "ready to go."

"I am just playing as hard as I can and trying to help the team to win," said Rodriguez, who entered play on Wednesday batting .301 with five homers and 12 RBIs in 31 games.

Rodriguez said that he should have no problem running the bases, even if he needs to slide. The 38-year-old acknowledged that he has lost at least a step on the basepaths following two hip surgeries.

"When you run as slow as I do, sliding is not a big deal," Rodriguez said. "That's not in slow motion, that's real speed."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.
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