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Brett Gardner, Rickie Weeks leave game after ugly collision

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees is attended to by first base coach Tony Pena after crashing into Rickie Weeks #8 of the Tampa Bay Rays in the sixth inning during their game at Yankee Stadium on April 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner and Rays first baseman Rickie Weeks, Jr. both left Wednesday afternoon’s game after both were involved in an ugly collision on a play at first base in the bottom of the sixth inning.

With runners on the corner and one out in a 3-3 ballgame, Brett Gardner chopped a grounder back to reliever Xavier Cedeno. Cedeno thought about going towards second, but decided to whip the ball to first for the sure out. His throw was low and a bit off the mark, taking Weeks into the first base line. Weeks could not corral the one-hopper and appeared to move towards foul territory in an attempt to chase the ball, but Gardner crashed into him hard, sending both players to the ground.

Both players were very visibly shaken up. Gardner left immediately, being replaced by pinch-runner Ronald Torreyes. Weeks also left the game, replaced by Logan Morrison.

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The Yankees and Rays should provide status updates on Gardner and Weeks, respectively, after the game.

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