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Youk's back stiff

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  April 23, 2008 04:51 PM

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A few things....

Kevin Youkilis is out of tonight's lineup with a sore back suffered when he made a play at third in Tuesday night's game. Terry Francona said Youkilis phoned him this morning to tell him that the stiffness had gone from his back to his buttocks. Doesn't appear serious...

Josh Beckett still has some neck stiffness (though better) but he's slated to pitch Sunday in Tampa....

Coco Crisp is on schedule to play in tomorrow afternoon's game. Terry Francona reports that Crisp told he's 100 percent from his hamstring woes.

Manny Delcarmen, who was sent home because of the flu on Tuesday night, was on hand. Francona said he feels "so-so."...

Jason Varitek was at the ballpark yesterday. He did take very limited batting practice, but Francona didn't think he'd be using Varitek as a pinch-hitter. Looks like Kevin Cash all the way....

Bartolo Colon threw from 120 feet. Also battling the flu, but has managed to get all of his work in. The Sox are earmarking May 5 as a day when Colon might get back into a game. Colon has a May 1 exit clause but it doesn't appear that he was execute it given the medical care the Red Sox have shown with his strained oblique and overall conditioning....

Mike Lowell hit and fielded yesterday and appears to be inching closer to a rehab assignment....

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