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Report: Dustin Pedroia avoids serious knee injury, will rejoin team in Tampa

Report: Dustin Pedroia avoids serious knee injury, will rejoin team in Tampa

The news is reportedly good on second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who did not suffer a serious injury to his surgically repaired left knee, according to a report in the Boston Globe.

Pedroia will join the team in Tampa, though it's not clear if he'll be ready to play or need a stint on the injured list. Earlier on Thursday, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told WEEI that Pedroia felt a pop in his knee during Wednesday's loss to the Yankees, which is why he left the game in the second inning after a fly ball to right that dropped his average to .100.

"He felt a pop I think he said yesterday," Dombrowski told Dale & Keefe. "As we know, the knee is never going to be 100 percent. It's amazing that any player can play with what he's gone through."

Pedroia is attempting to return from a cartilage restoration procedure performed on his left knee following the 2017 season. He was limited to just three games last year and has appeared in six this year.

Whatever the severity of this injury -- and Pedroia remained in New York for further examination Thursday before heading to Tampa -- the big-picture questions of how much Pedroia will be able to contribute this season remain unanswered.

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Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineups: Mookie Betts at DH in reshuffled order

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Red Sox vs. Blue Jays lineups: Mookie Betts at DH in reshuffled order

Alex Cora is getting creative for Thursday's matinee against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

The Boston Red Sox are rolling out a unique lineup for Thursday's 12:37 p.m. ET game that features Michael Chavis leading off and playing first base, Mookie Betts serving as the designated hitter and Steve Pearce playing left field for just the fourth time this season.

Boston's game of lineup musical chairs gives Mitch Moreland the day off, while J.D. Martinez will miss his fourth consecutive game due to illness.

The Red Sox also are making changes on the bump, as right-hander Ryan Weber will make his first start in a Boston uniform. The 28-year-old has allowed one run in eight innings with seven strikeouts over three relief appearances with Boston since getting called up on May 6.

The Sox will have a different bullpen behind Weber, too, as they placed Tyler Thornburg on the 10-day disabled list with a right hip impingement Thursday while recalling right-hander Travis Lakins.

Toronto will counter with left-hander Clayton Richard, who makes his 2019 season debut after returning from a right knee injury.

Here are the Red Sox's and Blue Jays' lineups for Thursday's game, which is set for 12:37 p.m. ET at Rogers Centre.

BOSTON RED SOX (26-23)
Michael Chavis, 1B
Mookie Betts, DH
Xander Bogaerts, SS
Rafael Devers, 3B
Steve Pearce, LF
Andrew Benintendi, CF
Christian Vázquez, C
Eduardo Nunez, 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr., RF

Ryan Weber, RHP (0-0, 1.13 ERA)

TORONTO BLUE JAYS (20-29)
Eric Sogard, 2B
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B
Justin Smoak, DH
Rowdy Tellez, 1B
Brandon Drury, LF
Freddy Galvis, SS
Bill McKinney, RF
Danny Jansen, C
Jonathan Davis, CF

Clayton Richard, LHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

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Red Sox do Bruins a solid, move up May 29 game for Stanley Cup Final

Red Sox do Bruins a solid, move up May 29 game for Stanley Cup Final

The Red Sox know the importance of a championship series in Boston and are planning accordingly.

The Sox announced Thursday they're moving the start time of next Wednesday's home game against the Cleveland Indians from 7:10 p.m. ET to 6:10 p.m. ET to accommodate fans who want to watch Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues.

That Bruins vs. Blues contest is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET down the street at TD Garden, so the Red Sox's early start time will draw more eyeballs to the start of their game while allowing Boston fans to double dip.

The games will still overlap, of course, but if you're at Fenway Park on Wednesday, the Sox will show updates and video highlights of Bruins vs. Blues between innings to save fans the trouble of watching on their smartphones.

Boston fans also will be in the clear for Game 1 of the Cup Final on Monday, as the Red Sox and Indians will play at 4:05 p.m. ET in a Memorial Day afternoon contest before the Bruins drop the puck with the Blues at 8 p.m. ET.

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