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Cervelli exits with apparent leg injury

NEW YORK – New York Yankees catcher/first baseman Francisco Cervelli left Sunday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox with an apparent leg injury.

Cervelli hurt himself running to first base in the bottom of the fourth inning, trying to beat out a double play. After touching the bag, he appeared to grab the back of his right leg and crumpled to the ground, before eventually limping off the field.

First-base umpire Bob Davidson called Cervelli out, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi challenged the call and it was overturned via instant replay, allowing a run to score. Ichiro Suzuki entered the game as a pinch-runner in place of Cervelli.

With Cervelli out, the Yankees are down to just one catcher, Brian McCann. Cervelli actually started at first base Sunday, for only the second time in his major-league career, since the Yankees were shorthanded on the infield.

Regular first baseman Mark Teixiera is already on the disabled list. Second baseman Brian Roberts was scratched with a bad back. And shortstop Derek Jeter was held out because of a sore quad.

Carlos Beltran moved from right field to play first base for the first time in his career. Suzuki remained in the game, playing right field.