THE SIDELINES : Injury May Doom Boggs' Quest

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Wade Boggs' faint hopes for an eighth consecutive 200-hit season have faded even further because of back trouble.

Boggs was scratched from Boston's lineup for a game with Cleveland on Wednesday night.

Manager Joe Morgan also announced that Boggs would not make the trip for tonight's game in Detroit.

Boggs, a five-time American League batting champion, had to leave Tuesday night's game in the eighth inning because of back spasms.

He went 0-3 against the Indians' Greg Swindell, extending his slump to 0-12 and 1-20 and dropping his average to .304.

Boggs is 19 hits shy of joining Wee Willie Keeler as the only major league players to get 200 eight years in a row.

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