Podsednik (groin), Youkilis (toe) should be OK

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Podsednik (groin), Youkilis (toe) should be OK

CHICAGO -- It wouldn't be another day with the Red Sox without another injury or two.

Outfielder Scott Podsednik left the game in the fifth inning Sunday night after hitting into a 4-6-3 double play. He didn't run hard down the line and, according to manager Bobby Valentine, is suffering from a slight left groin strain.

"He needs a day," reported Valentine.

Later, Kevin Youkilis, who snapped an 0-for-20 skid with a single to lead off the eighth inning, came out of the game after having had his big toe stepped on.

He was replaced at third by Nick Punto, but Youkilis isn't expected to miss any time.

The Sox will benefit from a scheduled day off Monday.

Merloni: Pablo Sandoval is the key to the bottom of Red Sox order

Merloni: Pablo Sandoval is the key to the bottom of Red Sox order

The guys on The Baseball Show discuss Pablo Sandoval lighting it up in spring training and if he could continue that in the regular season.

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Chris Sale threw five shutout innings and Pablo Sandoval continued his torrid spring with two more hits as the Red Sox routed the Twins, 7-2, Sunday at the Twins' Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Twins box score

Sale allowed six hits, with one walk and six strikeouts, in his 91-pitch outing. Manager John Farrell had told reporters before the game that Sale was scheduled to throw between 95 and 100 pitches. He has 26 strikeouts and 2 walks in 21 spring-training innings.

Sandoval lifted his exhibition average to .370 with a 2-for-3 performance, which included a double.

The Red Sox also got home runs from Christian Vazquez, Andrew Benintendi and Steve Selsky as they rallied from a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the seventh inning and four in the eighth.