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Richland native Buck in minor taxi accident

NEW YORK — Cleveland Indians outfielder Travis Buck and his wife were sent to the hospital as a precaution after a taxi crash Friday morning.

Indians manager Manny Acta said Buck, a Richland native, was slated to start at designated hitter Friday night against the New York Yankees. But in the morning, Buck and his wife were riding in a taxi in Manhattan when it was involved in a minor accident.

Buck came to Yankee Stadium, and Cleveland's training staff advised him and his wife to go to the hospital. Acta said Buck had "a little bit of whiplash" and was "a little dazed."

Cord Phelps replaced Buck at DH. The rookie was called up Wednesday from Triple-A Columbus.

Buck is batting .256 with two home runs and eight RBIs.

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