BOSTON (AP) _ Kevin Youkilis is being held out of the Boston Red
Sox lineup Tuesday with a bruised back muscle after being hit by a
pitch from Toronto’s Brandon Morrow in a game a day earlier.

Youkilis has been battling a variety of ailments, and left
Monday’s game after being drilled high on his back. The third
baseman is expected to be back in the lineup Wednesday night in the
series finale against the Blue Jays.

Manager Terry Francona says “he’s a little stiff” and the team
doctors feel it’s best to give him a day off.

With Youkilis out, Dustin Pedroia drops to the cleanup spot for
the second time in less than a week. Last week, with Youkilis out
with a left ankle contusion, Pedroia was 1-for-5 with a home run in
a game against the Phillies.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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