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Aaron Hicks has to leave ALDS Game 1 with cramp in right hamstring

Yankees' Aaron Hicks is taken out of the

Yankees' Aaron Hicks is taken out of the game in the 4th inning of ALDS Game 1 against the Boston Red Sox on Friday Oct. 5, 2018, at Fenway Park in Boston. Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

BOSTON – Aaron Hicks will spend his early Saturday getting an MRI on his right hamstring after leaving ALDS Game 1 in the fourth inning on Friday night.

Hicks, the Yankees’ centerfielder and No. 3 hitter, was removed for pinch runner Brett Gardner after hitting a single. Hicks said he felt cramping in the hamstring before the game and was unable to shake it during the Yankees’ 5-4 loss to the Red Sox.

“One inning, two innings, three innings, and then finally during the last at-bat, it kind of started cramping up on me,” said Hicks, who walked in his first plate appearance. “It kind of [stinks] coming out of this game. I was trying to stay in the game, but my body language was saying I should get out of the game.”

After running for Hicks, Gardner  remained in the game in centerfield and went 0-for-2 with a walk. If Hicks is unavailable for Game 2,   Gardner likely will start in center against lefthander David Price in Game 2 on Saturday night.

Hicks missed time in late September with tightness in his left hamstring. He said this one didn’t feel as painful.

“I feel good right now,” he said. “We’ll see how it goes. See what the results are. I’m going to do everything I can to be ready for [Saturday’s] game.”

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