NEW YORK -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia made incremental progress on Friday, jogging 90 feet nine times at 70 percent. He said that he was faster than when he last ran earlier in the week, but at the same time, he continues to feel discomfort in the area where he suffered a fractured navicular bone.
Friday marks the six-week point in Pedroia's recovery from the broken bone. Originally, he had vowed to be back by this point, but it is now apparent that he needs a new goal.
"If they would have told me how realistic [the six-week goal] would be at the beginning, then I’d have probably set different goals," said Pedroia. "I still felt it [while running on Friday]. It still hurt. But I was running faster, so that’s a good thing. My goal is to play when we get home [on Aug. 17]. I don’t know if that’s realistic. I just don’t know."
Joe Bick, the agent for Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, said via text message that he was informed by Dr. Thomas Graham that the surgery to repair the torn adductor muscle on his client's right thumb "went very well" and that Youkilis is expected to make a complete recovery for the 2011 season. The procedure lasted roughly 80 minutes, Bick relayed.
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According to a report in the New York Post, the Red Sox held a workout in Yankee Stadium Friday for 38-year-old free agent first baseman Carlos Delgado.
The Red Sox have interest in adding a left-handed bat to pair with Mike Lowell at first base. The team lost starting first baseman Kevin Youkilis for the season Thursday when it was announced that he would have surgery on his thumb.
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Both Jed Lowrie and Mike Lowell will be in the lineup when the Red Sox begin a critical four-game series with the Yankees on Friday night. Lowrie and Lowell will be at second and first base, respectively, with Clay Buchholz on the mound.
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Marco Scutaro, SS
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Martinez, C
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. J.D. Drew, RF
7. Mike Lowell, 1B
8. Ryan Kalish, LF
9. Jed Lowrie, 2B
SP -- Clay Buchholz
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The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will begin a four game series at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx on Friday night. The Sox will send Clay Buchholz to the mound against Javier Vazquez. Buchholz has allowed less than two earned runs in four of his last five starts, but has allowed 15 runs over his last 14.2 innings pitched against the Yankees. The Yankees have won eight of their last nine home games against the Red Sox, outscoring them 58-31 during that stretch. Jed Lowrie will get the start at second base for the Red Sox tonight. Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:
Ellsbury - CF
Scutaro - SS
Ortiz - DH
Martinez - C
Beltre - 3B
Drew - RF
Lowell - 1B
Kalish - LF
Lowrie - 2B
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