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The starters: Bruce Chen (10-11, 5.28 ERA) vs. Chris Sale (15-6, 2.93).

Updated: October 9, 2012 3:08PM



Adam Dunn was out of the lineup Friday after experiencing a recurrence of the oblique pain that sidelined him last week.

“He has that side [strain] again, so we’re just trying to take care of it and make sure nothing gets worse,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “I’m hoping it’s just today, or tomorrow, but you never know. I guess any time a hitter has it in the rib area, it can happen every day.’’

Dunn missed two games in Detroit because of the problem, described as a strained right oblique.

Ventura had Dayan Viciedo in the designated-hitter role and batting seventh and Dewayne Wise playing left field and batting third.

The Sox also were without third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who flew home Friday to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. Jose Lopez played third and batted second.

Rotation set for Tigers

The Sox will have Jose Quintana open the four-game series Monday against the Tigers, with Jake Peavy to follow Tuesday, Francisco Liriano on Wednesday and Chris Sale on Thursday in a rematch against Justin Verlander.

That order won’t change, but the rotation could change by the end of the week if Gavin Floyd continues to recover well from an elbow flexor strain.

“He’s got to feel right. I don’t like sending guys out not feeling 100 percent,’’ Ventura said.

Floyd threw a second side session Thursday that he said went well.

“I threw some sliders, ­changeups and fastballs. There was very minimal soreness or ache,’’ he said. “It felt good, better than I expected.’’

Floyd said he will throw one more bullpen session Sunday.

“I’ll throw curveballs, and I think that will be the final test,’’ he said. “The plan is for me to go back in the rotation as soon as possible as long as everything goes as planned.’’

Floyd said he felt no discomfort after throwing sliders, noting that he “was a little apprehensive because the last time I threw sliders, every time I threw it bothered me. So it was nice to throw some sliders and have no pain.’’

Thinking of McCarthy

Catcher A.J. Pierzynski is one of the few Sox who played with pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who is recovering from brain surgery after being struck by a line drive while pitching for the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.

“I texted him. He’s a friend of mine,’’ Pierzynski said. “You never want to see someone hit in the head. It’s a shame. I wish him a speedy recovery, and I hope he gets back.’’

McCarthy had surgery to relieve pressure from an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture caused when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of the Los Angeles Angels’ Erick Aybar.



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