Mariners’ Julio Rodríguez exits game with sore lower back

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TORONTO — Seattle Mariners star Julio Rodríguez left the game against the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth inning because of a sore lower back.

Mariners manager Scott Servais said Rodríguez hurt his back sliding into second on a stolen base in the third.

“I don’t think it’s that serious,” Servais said. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”

Rodríguez was replaced in the lineup by AJ Pollock, who went to left field. Jarred Kelenic moved from left to center, and the slumping Mariners lost 1-0 in 10 innings.

Seattle is off Monday before opening a three-game series at Oakland on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old Rodríguez won the AL Rookie of the Year award last season and was selected for the All-Star Game. His 28 home runs were a Mariners rookie record, breaking Alvin Davis’ mark of 27 in 1984.

Rodríguez struck out in the first, singled in the third and grounded out in the fifth. He began the day batting .236 with five homers, 13 RBIs and a .745 OPS.

Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle activated by Yankees ahead of Dodgers series

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LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and Tommy Kahnle were activated by the New York Yankees ahead of their weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

New York cleared three roster spots after a 1-0 loss at Seattle, optioning infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook.

Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.

Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.

Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.

Aaron Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.

New York is missing centerfielder Harrison Bader, who strained his right hamstring against the Mariners and went on the injured list the next day.

Left-hander Carlos Rodón, sidelined since spring training by a sore left forearm and an ailing back, was transferred to the 60-day injured list.