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Dustin Pedroia leaves game vs. Yankees with knee discomfort

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Dustin Pedroia leaves game vs. Yankees with knee discomfort

Dustin Pedroia made an early exit from Wednesday night's game vs. the Yankees.

The Red Sox second baseman was replaced in the second inning by Eduardo Nuñez due to left knee discomfort. That's the same knee he had surgery on in 2017.

Pedroia appeared to grimace after flying out in his only at-bat of the game.

Following the game, manager Alex Cora told reporters Pedroia "felt something weird" in his knee and will see a doctor in New York on Thursday.

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Red Sox vs. Astros lineups: J.D. Martinez returns, Michael Chavis leads off

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Red Sox vs. Astros lineups: J.D. Martinez returns, Michael Chavis leads off

After taking three out of four games vs. the Blue Jays, the Red Sox look to carry their success into Houston.

They'll begin a three-game series vs. the Astros on Friday night with the red-hot Chris Sale toeing the rubber opposite ex-Red Sox left-hander Wade Miley. Sandy Leon will call the game for Sale behind the plate.

J.D. Martinez finally returns to the lineup after missing the last four games due to an illness and back tightness. Rookie Michael Chavis again leads off with Andrew Benintendi batting sixth.

Here are the full lineups for both teams with first pitch set for 8:10 p.m. at Minute Maid Park.

BOSTON RED SOX (27-23)
Michael Chavis 2B
Mookie Betts RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
J.D. Martinez DH
Steve Pearce 1B
Andrew Benintendi LF
Eduardo Núñez 3B
Sandy León C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Chris Sale, LHP (1-5, 4.31 ERA)

HOUSTON ASTROS (33-18)
George Springer RF
Alex Bregman 3B
Carlos Correa SS
Yuli Gurriel 1B
Aledmys Diaz 2B
Robinson Chirinos C
Josh Reddick LF
Tyler White DH
Jake Marisnick CF

Wade Miley, LHP (4-2, 3.51 ERA)

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How Chris Sale can make MLB history in Friday's start vs. Astros

How Chris Sale can make MLB history in Friday's start vs. Astros

Don't let the 1-5 record and 4.31 ERA fool you: Chris Sale has been absolutely dominant over the last three weeks.

In fact, the Boston Red Sox ace has the chance to make history Friday night in Houston.

Sale enters Friday's start against the Astros on a crazy streak: He's recorded ten or more strikeouts and allowed four or fewer hits in four consecutive starts dating to May 3.

If he extends that streak to five, he'll pass Pedro Martinez in the Red Sox record books and tie Johan Santana in the MLB record books.

Milestones were the last thing on Sale's mind in April, when he stumbled to an 0-5 record with a 6.30 ERA through his first six outings.

He's been absolutely lights-out in May, though, averaging a mind-boggling 17.4 strikeouts per nine innings (51 Ks in 26.1 innings) while allowing three runs or fewer in all four of his starts.

Believe it or not, the 30-year-old has room for improvement, as he walked a season-high five batters in his last appearance against Houston on May 19.

First pitch at Minute Maid Park is set for 8:10 p.m. ET, with history on the line for Sale as he continues his May redemption tour.

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