Yanks 3B may skip All-Star game

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NEW YORK (AP) – Alex Rodriguez hasn’t decided whether he will play in Tuesday’s All-Star game or use the three-day break to rest his strained hamstring.

The Yankees slugger, who leads the major leagues with 28 homers and 80 RBIs, topped fan voting for the game in San Francisco with 3.89 million votes. He hurt his left hamstring Monday night when he tripped over Twins first baseman Justin Morneau’s ankle while beating out a potential double play.

A-Rod went 0-for-4 Wednesday, serving as the designated hitter in New York’s 6-2 loss to Minnesota.

The two-time MVP said his injured hamstring didn’t feel any better or worse, and he would have to talk with manager Joe Torre about what to do next.

“We just have to be smart about it,” said Rodriguez, in a season-worst 0-for-19 skid. “Again, I’m going to sleep on it and talk to Joe and we’ll put our brains together and decide what’s best for the team.”

Rodriguez has played in every game this season and hasn’t been on the disabled list since July 2000 with Seattle, when he had a right knee strain.

Torre said Rodriguez will make the decision about whether to play in the All-Star game.

“I think if it gets to the All-Star break and he feels that not playing is more of a benefit and if we feel the same way, we’ll talk to him,” Torre said before the game. “I don’t think it’ll keep him from going there obviously, because that’s something that he’s proud of and he should be and I think it’s an obligation he has to the people who voted him in.

“But, I think we’ll wait and see through the weekend what it’s like.”

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