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Rasmus misses game with stiff neck

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Blue Jays OF Rasmus scratched with stiff neck

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Toronto Blue Jays Colby Rasmus runs during a base running drill at baseball spring training in Dunedin, …

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus was scratched from Sunday's lineup against the New York Yankees because of a stiff neck.

Rasmus, who batted .276 with 22 home runs and 66 RBIs last season, was scheduled to hit seventh, but opted to sit as a precaution.

He does not expect it to be a long-term issue and hopes to return in a ''couple days.''

''I feel all right, I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning,'' Rasmus said. ''I got a little crick in my neck and it's just one of those things that after throwing and warming up, I just felt like I needed to take myself out.''

Anthony Gose took Rasmus' place in center field.

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