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Orioles catcher Matt Wieters leaves game with hamstring injury

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, right, and home plate umpire Lance Barksdale wait for a pitch from Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Baltimore.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, right, and home plate umpire Lance Barksdale wait for a pitch from Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Baltimore. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

SEATTLE — Orioles catcher Matt Wieters abruptly left Tuesday night's game against the Seattle Mariners in the third inning with what the team called a right hamstring strain.

Wieters exited the game at the same time as when Orioles manager Buck Showalter pulled struggling starter Chris Tillman with one out in the third inning.

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On the previous play, Wieters fielded Mark Trumbo's grounder in front of the mound and threw to first base.

Caleb Joseph replaced Wieters behind the plate.

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Wieters is coming off Tommy John surgery performed in June 2014, and has caught on consecutive days just once since returning.

A pending free agent, Wieters is hitting .278 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 46 games this season.

Tillman, who allowed five runs on eight hits over 2 1/3 innings, was pelted in the right arm by a Robinson Cano comebacker in the first, but remained in the game after being examined by trainer Brian Ebel and throwing a few warmup pitches.

The Orioles were up 2-1 at the time, but Tillman allowed a three-run homer to Trumbo two batters later and trailed 5-2 when he left the game.

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Tillman was making his first start since suffering a left ankle sprain that forced him to miss one turn in the Orioles rotation.

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