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Molina Takes Day Off with Sore Knee

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina believes a little rest is all he needs after an MRI exam on his right knee showed only inflammation. He's hopeful of being back in the lineup on Tuesday.

Molina, who topped NL vote-getters for the All-Star Game, was certain he'd be ready for that game. He said the knee had been bothering him for a month but felt worse Friday, so the team sent him for medical tests.

Manager Mike Matheny said it would be a day to day situation. The Cardinals have Monday off.

Molina leads the National League with a .346 average. He's played in 81 of the first 86 games and led major league catchers in innings.

Backup Tony Cruz made his ninth start Sunday against the Marlins.

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