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Colby Ras­mus

Out­fielder has stepped away from base­ball for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­son.

Ras­mus, who played for five or­ga­ni­za­tions over 10 sea­sons, home­red off Wash­ing­ton’s Max Scherzer in his first at-bat June 21 af­ter be­ing side­lined since April 7 be­cause of a left hip in­jury. That started a four-game hitting streak, but he then went hit­less in his last 11 at-bats and was bat­ting just .133 when he stepped away.

“There’s a lot more to than base­ball,” man­ager

said. “That’s his de­ci­sion. It’s usu­ally some­thing that doesn’t hap­pen overnight.”

❚ Right-han­der re­turned from the dis­abled list July 6 af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a left an­kle sprain and gave up six runs, five earned, in 31⁄3 in­nings against Min­nesota. Bundy, who did not make a re­hab start, was 3-0 with a 1.98 ERA in four June starts be­fore the in­jury.

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Buck Dy­lan Bundy

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New York’s Brett Gard­ner (right) and Aaron Judge twice have led off games with con­sec­u­tive home runs, most re­cently July 7 in Toronto.

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