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 CLEVELAND (AP) -Indians All-Star catcher Victor Martinez left Cleveland's season opener on Monday in the second inning after injuring his left leg while running to second base.
Martinez had opened the Indians' seven-run inning with a single off Chicago White Sox starter Mark Buehrle. Later in the inning, he drove home Travis Hafner with a two-out base hit. When reliever Nick Masset's pitch got away from catcher A.J. Pierzynski, the slow-footed Martinez attempted to take second.
But he stumbled as he neared the bag and fell with an awkward slide. Martinez walked off the field without assistance and was replaced by Kelly Shoppach for the top of the third.
The Indians had no immediate word on Martinez's condition.
Martinez also got hurt in the 2007 season opener against Seattle, straining his left quadriceps while running to first base.
However, the 29-year-old never went on the disabled list and batted .301 with a career-high 25 homers and 114 RBIs for the AL Central champions.
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