Pedroia suffering from bruised kneecap


Pedroia suffering from bruised kneecap

By Sean McAdam Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
NEW YORK -- The exam on Dustin Pedroia's knee showed that the Red Sox second baseman is suffering from a bruised kneecap that won't require surgery.

"I fully expect him to be batting second tomorrow," said manager Terry Francona. "I don't think he's going to miss any time."

Francona said the problem predates the collision several weeks ago that Pedroia mentioned on Wednesday.

"It was actually sore last year," said Francona, "and it's been nagging at him a lot this year. What we're trying to do is reassure us and Pedey that he can play without making it worse."

When asked why the team did the test now -- considering that the Sox had an off-day last Monday and will have another next month -- Francona replied: "He complained about it."

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NLCS: Cubs beat Dodgers 8-4, head home with 3-2 series lead


NLCS: Cubs beat Dodgers 8-4, head home with 3-2 series lead

LOS ANGELES - Jon Lester pitched seven sharp innings, Addison Russell hit a tiebreaking homer and the Chicago Cubs moved one win from their first World Series trip in 71 years by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 on Thursday.

The Cubs grabbed a 3-2 lead in the NL Championship Series and will have two chances to wrap up that elusive pennant back home at Wrigley Field.

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