Yanks' Kennedy exits in third inning with strained muscle near right rib cage

BALTIMORE -- New York Yankees right-hander Ian Kennedy left Tuesday's 10-9 loss in 11 innings against the Baltimore Orioles after three innings with a slightly strained muscle near his right rib cage.

Kennedy allowed four runs -- three earned -- on four hits and struck out three when he departed with the injury to his latissimus dorsi muscle. He surrendered concecutive home runs to Baltimore's Kevin Millar and Ramon Hernandez during a four-run second inning.

The 23-year-old Kennedy is 0-3 with a 7.41 ERA in nine appearances, including eight starts, this season. He was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on May 4 and recalled by the Yankees on May 15.