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Pedroia's knee checks out; Youk rests back

Pedroia's knee checks out; Youk rests back

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BOSTON -- The Red Sox had good news to report on two of their best all-around players. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia had an MRI on the right knee that has been bothering him since May 15, and everything came back clean.

Pedroia, coincidentally or not, has been in a hitting slump ever since injuring his knee. But the tests ruled out any significant damage.

"Pedey was checked out and everything came out real clean. That's good," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "We all see how he plays. The fact he can now go out there and see he's not hurting himself is real good."

As for Kevin Youkilis, he exited Thursday night's game in the seventh inning with back spasms and was replaced in the lineup by Mike Lowell on Friday. But it was just precautionary rest and Francona expects Youkilis will be back in the lineup on Saturday.

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