Kiermaier leaves game with jammed right hip

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Tampa Bay Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier, left, is helped by team trainer Ron Porterfield after injuring his leg sliding into first base during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, June 8, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kiermaier left the game. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WANE) – The Tampa Bay Rays beat the White Sox 7-5 on Thursday night but may have lost their Gold Glove center fielder in the process.

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Bishop Luers graduate and Fort Wayne native Kevin Kiermaier jammed his right hip while sliding into first base in the fifth inning. He had to leave the game.

After the contest Kiermaier told reporters he was sore, but would know more after further testing tomorrow.

Kiermaier said he slid into first to avoid colliding with White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu.

The two-time Gold Glove winner is hitting .258 this season with 7 home runs, 20 RBI, and a team-best 10 stolen bases.

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