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Francona on Nixon

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  April 12, 2006 01:49 PM

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Red Sox manager Terry Francona didnít shed much light on exactly how long Trot Nixon would be out in his weekly appearance on Boston sports radio station WEEI, but he did give some clues about his lineup tonight.

Francona said that Dustan Mohr would start in center field against the Blue Jays, and that Wily Mo Pena would be in right field replacing Nixon, who left yesterdayís game with a groin strain. As for how many games Nixon will miss, Francona indicated it might be more than just the rest of this series.

"I was kind of hoping Trot would be a day or two," said Francona this morning. "It looks more like maybe three, five, six days. I'll have a little better read when he comes in today."

Mohr was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket yesterday when Coco Crisp went on the disabled list with a fractured finger.

Pena has struggled at the plate lately and had a tough time in the field on Opening Day, knocking a Frank Catalanotto deep fly ball over the wall in the eighth inning.

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