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Red Sox put Kevin Youkilis on DL

Updated: August 18, 2011, 11:29 PM ET
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Boston Red Sox placed third baseman Kevin Youkilis on the disabled list because of a back injury Thursday and called up catching prospect Ryan Lavarnway from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced the moves before the opener of a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals, which the Red Sox won, 4-3. The 24-year-old Lavarnway made his major league debut as the designated hitter, batting seventh in the Red Sox lineup. He went 0-for-4.

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