NEW YORK — Carlos Beltran has left the New York Yankees’ game against Texas with a tight right hamstring. The 39-year-old slugger was lifted after hitting a sharp single in the first inning Tuesday night. A few innings later, the Yankees announced Beltran was undergoing an MRI exam. Beltran has been by far the best hitter in a struggling New York lineup this season. He began the night batting .294 with 19 home runs and 53 RBIs. Batting right-handed against lefty Cole Hamels, Beltran pulled a line drive into the left-field corner and broke well out of the batter’s box. But he pulled up after rounding first and went back to the bag even when the ball initially eluded left fielderRyan Rua. Manager
Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton and left fielder Adam Duvall converged on an Anthony Rizzo fly ball in the top of the first inning, leading to disaster. The ball glanced off of Duvall’s glove, hit Hamilton in the face, and rolled away. Hamilton laid on the ground in pain while Duvall tracked the ball down. Two runners scored easily and Rizzo wheeled around third base, scoring easily for an inside-the-park three-run home run. Hamilton exited the game under his own power, replaced by Tyler Holt. The Reds will likely pass along information on Hamilton’s status after the game.