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Dustin Pedroia returning to Boston with wrist soreness

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Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was in the initial lineup for Sunday night's game vs. the Yankees but was scratched several hours beforehand. The team later tweeted the reason:

Before the game, Sox manager John Ferrell talked about pulling Pedroia from the lineup.

"He went down to hit early today and the soreness continues to persist and probably gain in intensity," Farrell said to reporters.

Jonathan Herrera took the place of Pedroia, who has 13 hits in 55 at bats this season (.236).

"I think there's probably a direct correlation to what we've seen at the plate," Farrell told MassLive.com. "There hasn't been an event over the past couple of days that have brought this onset even further, it's just everyday play. The soreness increases and it has to be checked out. Until we have some sort of results off of imaging of any kind, that's the best I can tell you right now."

Pedroia was hurt by a take-out slide in the first game of the Milwaukee series last week. He played all of 2013 with a damaged ligament in his thumb.

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