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Adam Dunn might miss series against Tigers

Tyler Flowers tags out Lorenzo Cawho tried score eighth ­inning. Cawas called safe similar play third. | Paul Beaty~AP

Tyler Flowers tags out Lorenzo Cain, who tried to score in the eighth ­inning. Cain was called safe on a similar play in the third. | Paul Beaty~AP

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Updated: October 10, 2012 6:44AM

Adam Dunn could miss another five days because of a strained right oblique. That means he could miss part or all of the four-game series against the Detroit Tigers that starts Monday.

Dunn, who is tied for second in the majors with 38 home runs, was not in the lineup Saturday against the Kansas City Royals for the second consecutive game.

‘‘He still has a strain, and it will be [at least] a couple days,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘It’s when he [feels he’s] ready to go.’’

Dunn missed two games last week after straining the oblique. He returned for three games but aggravated it Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins.

Danks update

John Danks is hopeful he can begin a throwing program before the end of the year as he recovers from arthroscopic shoulder surgery.

‘‘In a normal offseason, I wouldn’t throw until after the new year,’’ he said. ‘‘But since I’ll be a few months without even touching a baseball, I was thinking if I can start playing light catch or start a throwing program toward the end of November, I would imagine that would give me enough time [to be ready for spring training].’’

Danks no longer is wearing a sling, and he’s working on extending his range of motion.

Parent trap

Bench coach Mark Parent was ejected for the first time this season after arguing with plate umpire Mark Carlson in the third inning.

Carlson ruled that Sox catcher Tyler Flowers missed the tag on Lorenzo Cain, who scored the Royals’ first run on Billy Butler’s single to right field. Alex Rios’ throw beat Cain to the plate, and replays showed the tag was made in plenty of time.

It’s a boy

Kevin Youkilis and his wife welcomed a baby boy Friday. Youkilis could be back with the team Sunday.

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