Tigers starter Simon leaves game with slight limp in 7th

BOSTON (AP) Detroit Tigers starter Alfredo Simon left Saturday's 5-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox after throwing a pitch in the seventh inning with what was termed ''a slight groin injury.''

Simon threw the second pitch of the inning to Pablo Sandoval. Shortstop Jose Iglesias and catcher James McCann trotted to the mound. Simon appeared to land awkwardly after stretching his right leg.

Manager Brad Ausmus and a trainer came to the mound and Simon walked off slowly. He was replaced by Ian Krol.

Simon said after the game that he didn't think he would miss his next start.

''I don't think it's that bad,'' he said. ''I felt it a little bit and that's when I stopped. I don't want it to be worse.''

Ausmus also thinks he will make his next start.

''We're planning for him to make a start,'' he said.

Simon (9-6) got the win, allowing one run and five hits.

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