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Joyce leaves game with hamstring tightness


TORONTO -- Matt Joyce left Tuesday night's game with the Blue Jays because of right hamstring tightness.

Joyce started in right field and left the game after playing the field in the sixth. Ryan Roberts took Joyce's spot in the order and took over at second base. Ben Zobrist moved from second base to right field.

The Rays are calling the move precautionary.

"He's fine," manager Joe Maddon said after the game. "He's a little tight in the right hammy. He just came up later, a team-type of situation, where he said, 'I can't cover.' I don't anticipate anything bad with that, but we had to get him out."

Even before the injury, Joyce was not scheduled to start Wednesday against Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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