Soto, Smolinski exit early after sparking rally

Soto, Smolinski exit early after sparking rally

NEW YORK -- The Rangers scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning of their 4-2 win over the Yankees on Monday night but lost two players during the rally. Both are hoping their injuries are not serious.

Geovany Soto left the game with tightness in his right groin muscle. Soto had the big hit of the inning with a game-tying single, but he felt the muscle tighten up later in the inning when he crossed home plate while scoring on Shin-Soo Choo's single.

"Hopefully it is just a little tightness," said Soto, who was starting for the third time in four games since being activated from the disabled list. Soto was sidelined for the first half of the season after undergoing surgery on his right knee. He was replaced in the bottom of the sixth by Robinson Chirinos, who was doing much of the Rangers' catching while Soto was out.

Jake Smolinski started the rally with a two-out single off Yankees starter Shane Greene, but not before fouling a pitch off his left foot. Smolinski stayed in the game and reached on an infield single in the seventh, but he did not bat in the ninth when his spot came up again because the foot was so sore.

"I was hoping it would get better, but instead it got worse," Smolinski said.

Smolinski underwent X-rays that were negative, and he is day to day.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.