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Youkilis sits out finale to rest bothersome knee

KANSAS CITY -- One day after reaching the 1,000-hit milestone, Kevin Youkilis was held out of the White Sox lineup for Sunday's finale with the Royals to rest the right knee that has been bothering him.

"I'm just trying to battle through something that has been barking a little bit," Youkilis said.

Manager Robin Ventura went with Ray Olmedo at third base.

"It's one of those things where you try to give [Youkilis] a day off when you can," Ventura said. "We'll let [trainer] Herm [Schneider] mess with him."

Youkilis hopes there are plenty more hits to come after a sharp liner to left off Tim Collins in the eighth inning Saturday put him in four figures for his career.

"It's pretty cool for the family and friends," Youkilis said. "But for me, I would tell you I should have gotten 1,000 hits a long time ago by playing better. It's nice to have a number, but I hope it goes way higher than that."