Youkilis (back) scratched from Sunday's game


Youkilis (back) scratched from Sunday's game

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Third baseman Kevin Youkilis was scratched from Sunday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, the victim of some stiffness in his lower back.

"He had three at-bats (Saturday), '' said manager Bobby Valentine, "and he had a little stiffness in his lower back, so he stayed back for treatment. He'll get some minor league at-bats (Monday), so he can get caught up. He'll get as many as he needs.''

In minor league games, managers can control game situations, so Youkilis will lead off every inning, but will be instructed not to run the bases to avoid further stress.

Youkilis is hitting .214 in Grapefruit League play this spring with six hits in 28 at-bats and two RBI.

Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1


Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

HARRISON, N.J. - Daniel Royer finished a nice sequence in the 74th minute, Luis Robles made a diving save in the closing minutes and the New York Red Bulls rallied to beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on Saturday night.

Felipe sent the ball left to Kemar Lawrence alongside the box and he put a cross to Royer on the back post for an easy finish on his fourth goal.

Robles, who only allowed Lee Nguyen's penalty kick in the ninth minute, preserved the win with his fourth save, diving to his left to block Diego Fagundez's shot from outside the box.

Bradley Wright-Phillips tied it for New York (6-6-2), which was winless in its last four matches, when he pounced on a loose ball and backheeled it into the net. New England goalkeeper Cody Cropper had pounced on a cross by Kemar Lawance, but Cropper could hold on and Wright-Phillips was there to clean up for his sixth goal.

Damien Perrinelle fouled Fagundez in the penalty area after a great pass from Kei Kamara, allowing Nguyen to step up for his sixth goal. New England (4-5-4) had won two straight and lost just one of its previous six. It is 0-5-2 on the road.