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Red Sox vs. Yankees: Dustin Pedroia a late scratch

Bad news, Red Sox fans: Dustin Pedroia is hurting.

Jim McIsaac

Dustin Pedroia will miss Sunday's series finale against the New York Yankees, a late scratch due to a sore wrist that has been troubling the second baseman since the Red Sox were swept at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Boston Red Sox (5-7)

  1. Grady Sizemore, LF
  2. Xander Bogaerts, SS
  3. David Ortiz, DH
  4. Mike Napoli, 1B
  5. Daniel Nava, RF
  6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  7. Ryan Roberts, 3B
  8. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
  9. Jonathan Herrera, 2B

Starting Pitcher -- Felix Doubrontt

New York Yankees (6-6)

  1. Brett Gardner, LF
  2. Carlos Beltran, RF
  3. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  4. Alfonso Soriano, DH
  5. Brian McCann, C
  6. Yangervis Solarte, 2B
  7. Kelly Johnson, 3B
  8. Francisco Cervelli, 1B
  9. Dean Anna, SS

Starting Pitcher -- Ivan Nova

Putting aside, for the moment, all concerns about a potentially long-term injury for Dustin Pedroia, in the short-term Boston's lineup looks quite a bit uglier without him. For all that A.J. Pierzynski is on a hot streak at the moment, that's a below-average career bat batting sixth.

Then again, the way the season has started for both Ivan Nova and Felix Doubront, this game might not need much quality from the lineups to produce runs. Either way, in a barn burner or a pitchers' duel, the Red Sox could very much use this win to avoid a series loss and keep a winning record in sight,.