Cards' K.Greene leaves after being hit by pitch

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Khalil Greene limped off the field after being hit by a pitch on the right knee Sunday against the Kansas City Royals.

Greene hit a solo homer off Gil Meche in the second inning, the third straight game he's hit one out since a 19-day stint on the disabled list due to social anxiety.

With a runner on first in the fourth inning, Meche hit Greene on the knee with his first pitch. Greene stayed down for more than a minute, then limped to the dugout and down the tunnel to the clubhouse. He was replaced by Joe Thurston.

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