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Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia out of starting lineup vs. Royals

By The Sports Xchange
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia out of starting lineup vs. Royals
Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia hits a single in the first inning against the New York Yankees. File photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is not in the starting lineup for Monday's series-opening game against the host Kansas City Royals.

Pedroia was hit in the back by a pitch from Houston Astros reliever James Hoyt in the seventh inning on Sunday night. The former American League MVP was taken to a Houston hospital for X-rays on his rib area.

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Josh Rutledge is scheduled to play at second base in place of the 33-year-old Pedroia, who is batting .296 with two homers and 25 RBIs in 55 games this season.

Rutledge, 28, is hitting .240 with nine RBIs in 34 games this season.

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