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A-Rod ruled out again for Yankees

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Slugger Alex Rodriguez, baseball's highest-paid player, was left out of the New York Yankees starting lineup for a second successive game on Saturday because of an injured right hip.

The 34-year-old has not played since Thursday's 4-3 defeat by the Baltimore Orioles when he was forced out in the second inning.

"We'll continue to evaluate him every day," Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters before Saturday's game against the Houston Astros. "I came to the ballpark not planning on starting him."

Girardi said an MRI examination on Friday showed the injury was not related to the surgery Rodriguez had on his hip before last season.

"Any time you start looking at that region you're going to think about what happened the year before," Girardi added.

"But it's not his hip socket. To me this is about as good a news as we could have got."

Rodriguez, widely known by the nickname A-Rod, is in the third year of a 10-year, $275 million deal with the Yankees.

Kevin Russo started in his place at third base against the Astros.

(Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles, editing by Tony Jimenez)