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Sox starter Gavin Floyd lifted in the third with elbow injury

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher GavFloyd pitches against TampBay Rays during first inning baseball game Chicago Saturday April 27 2013.

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning in a baseball game in Chicago on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Floyd left the game with an injury in the third inning. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney)

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Updated: April 27, 2013 7:21PM

White Sox starter Gavin Floyd left the game suddenly in the third inning Saturday after getting two outs and throwing one strike to Tampa Bay Rays batter Evan Longoria.

Floyd’s injury is a right elbow flexor muscle strain, officials said. The right hander had elbow problems last year as well and spent time on the disabled list.

Floyd trailed 2-0 after a first-inning, two-run home run by Ben Zobrist. He got out of a jam in the second when the Rays put two men on base with a single and walk.

Floyd summoned catcher Tyler Flowers to the mound after throwing one pitch to Longoria, then manager Robin Ventura and trainer Herm Schneider also came out. Floyd left having thrown 47 pitches.

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