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Victorino leaves game with stiff back

Victorino leaves game with stiff back

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LOS ANGELES -- Shane Victorino shouldn't have played, but he's not one to ask his way out of the lineup.

The Phillies center fielder arrived at Dodger Stadium with lower back stiffness, fought his way through batting practice and convinced manager Charlie Manuel that he was fit for duty against rookie Clayton Kershaw.

After making three running catches and going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, he was replaced in the lineup with So Taguchi and in center field by Jayson Werth, who shifted from right.

"When the game started today, he was hurting," Manuel said. "As the game went on, it got worse."

"I don't know what caused it," Victorino said, adding that he hopes to be able to play on Wednesday. "I shouldn't have played. I felt something in batting practice."

Victorino's departure eventually forced So Taguchi into left field for Andre Ethier's game-winning hit, and his throw couldn't beat catcher Russell Martin to home. Left fielder Pat Burrell had left the game on a double switch. Geoff Jenkins stayed in the game in right field after pinch-hitting in the ninth, with Taguchi shifting from right to left.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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