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A-Rod plunked, Yankees ... relieved?

"We got lucky," manager says after pitch bruises slugger's hand, misses his face

Updated: July 26, 2010, 5:43 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez did not hit his 600th career home run on Sunday. Nonetheless, Rodriguez, the New York Yankees and their fans are breathing sighs of relief.

In the eighth inning of a 12-6 win over the Kansas City Royals, Rodriguez was hit by a 95 mph fastball, thrown up and in by Royals reliever Blake Wood.

Rodriguez dropped to the ground and didn't move for a few seconds as the crowd gasped, fearful that he had been hit in the face.

He eventually ...

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