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Norris departs game with back spasms

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SEATTLE -- Rays catcher Derek Norris was removed from Saturday night's game at Safeco Field because of a back spasm suffered while swinging in his final at-bat of the game in the eighth inning and was listed as day-to-day.

The Rays fell to the Mariners, 9-2.

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SEATTLE -- Rays catcher Derek Norris was removed from Saturday night's game at Safeco Field because of a back spasm suffered while swinging in his final at-bat of the game in the eighth inning and was listed as day-to-day.

The Rays fell to the Mariners, 9-2.

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"It's more in the muscle, so we expect he'll be OK," Rays manager Kevin Cash said after the game. "Obviously, he's not going to play [Sunday afternoon], but he should be OK after that."

Norris lined out to left field against reliever Marc Rzepczynski and then left the field with a team trainer.

"It just grabbed him," Cash said. "I actually followed the ball, I didn't watch him, and then I saw him kind of walking really slowly back to the dugout."

He was replaced by Jesus Sucre, who figures to get the start in Sunday's series finale.

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB.

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