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Rowand toughing out hits to hand

Rowand toughing out hits to hand

Rowand toughing out hits to hand
SAN FRANCISCO -- Aaron Rowand took a pitch off his left hand for the second day in a row Thursday, but once again, it won't be enough to keep him off the field.

The Giants center fielder worked a 2-2 count in the eighth inning of San Francisco's 2-1 win over Minnesota, then Twins right-hander Alex Burnett bounced a two-seam fastball off Rowand's left hand, a few inches away from the spot Rowand was hit the night before.

Rowand said he would be "a little sore" but otherwise felt fine. He had X-rays after Wednesday night's game, when he was hit by a Nick Blackburn two-seamer in the second inning and a brief injury delay followed, but they came back negative.

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He told head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner late Wednesday night he would be fine, and he was back in the lineup for Thursday's game, finishing 2-for-3 while batting in the leadoff spot. He didn't undergo any tests to check on his hand after Thursday afternoon's game.

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