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Kevin Youkilis out for season

Updated: August 6, 2010, 5:17 PM ET
By Steven Krasner | Special to ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- If the Boston Red Sox are going to pull off a long shot and catch the Yankees or the Rays for a playoff spot, they're going to have to do it without first baseman Kevin Youkilis.

An MRI performed in Cleveland on Thursday confirmed a tear in a muscle in Youkilis' right thumb, finishing the team's most consistently productive hitter for the season. He will have surgery to repair the tear in Cleveland on Friday.

Manager Terry Francona said that Youkilis' thumb will be ...

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