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Shane Victorino hopes to play Friday

TORONTO — The Red Sox have set an informal deadline of Thursday to decide whether right fielder Shane Victorino will go on the disabled list with a strained lower back. Based on his improvement the last two days, that seems less likely.

Victorino took batting practice in the Rogers Centre cage for the second consecutive day on Wednesday. He is now hopeful of returning to the lineup in Texas on Friday.

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