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Daisuke Matsuzaka out with stiff back

Updated: August 26, 2010, 2:57 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has been sidelined with a stiff back two nights before arguably his biggest start of the season, the opener of this weekend's series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The injury was detected, according to manager Terry Francona, when Matsuzaka went out to throw with pitching coach John Farrell between games of Wednesday's day-night doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners.

Francona said the Sox were unwilling to take the chance that Matsuzaka's ...

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