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Kevin Youkilis returns to Red Sox’s lineup

Sep 13, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis bats against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

Kevin Youkilis is back in the Red Sox’s lineup tonight after missing four games with a sports hernia that will eventually require surgery.

Jed Lowrie and Mike Aviles played third base in Youkilis’ absence, but he’s back at the hot corner tonight and batting fifth against the Blue Jays.

Youkilis previously spent two weeks on the disabled list with a back injury and went just 5-for-27 (.185) in seven games before being sidelined again. Overall this season he’s missed 29 of 146 games and has his lowest on-base percentage (.375) and slugging percentage (.467) since 2007.

He did, however, have a nice little cameo in the “Moneyball” movie.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 13, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    We Blue Jay fans are worried. What are the risks to his long term health? What will happen when he tries to leg out an infield hit? We cringe at the thought of a hot line drive sent towards him at third. What drama will there be on the diamond involving Youk? Given his 5 for 27 streak, we are not very concerned about his hitting.

  2. tarkcharlesmeixeira - Sep 13, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Rays will oust Sox for Wild Card. Go Jays!

  3. protectthishouse54 - Sep 13, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    At what point in his life did he decide to adopt that ridiculous stance? I’d really love to know the thought process there.

  4. proudlycanadian - Sep 13, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    Why was Ortiz removed from the lineup at the last moment?

  5. proudlycanadian - Sep 13, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Ortiz is out due to back spasms.

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