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Dustin Pedroia to play in rehab games

Updated: August 11, 2010, 4:21 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

TORONTO -- Dustin Pedroia will be sent out for "a couple of games" on a rehab assignment, said Red Sox manager Terry Francona, who did not rule out this weekend, depending on medical clearance.

Francona developed that upbeat assessment on the injured Red Sox second baseman after what he called "by far his best day" running sprints and fielding ground balls.

"He simulated coming out of the batter's box,'' Francona said. "He was close to 100 percent speedwise. No limp, ...

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