Game Day Notes: Pedroia sizzles at plate

Game Day Notes: Pedroia sizzles at plate
May 25, 2013, 8:00 pm
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BOSTON -- The cold and rain weren't enough to cool off Dustin Pedroia on Saturday. Pedroia went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored. He is now batting .337 going 66-for-196 on the season, including .396 (38-for-96) at home. He has reached safely in 25 of 26 home games this season, and has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 overall (.406, 28-for-69) and in each of his last eight games at Fenway (.515, 17-for-33). He went 1-for-2 with a double and walk against Scott Kazmir and is now batting .514, going 18-for-35, with five 2B, a triple, a home run, and three RBI against Kazmir. It is Pedroia’s highest batting average against a pitcher against whom he has at least 25 at-bats.

* At 30-20, the Sox have their best record through their first 50 games of a season since 2008, when they went 31-19.

* Red Sox pitchers fanned 11 batters and have now struck out 10 or more in a game 25 times in 2013, the most double-digit strikeout games in major league history through a team’s first 50 games.
 
* David Ortiz 0-for-3 with two walks. He has reached base safely in each of his last 14 games since May 10, batting .333, going 17-for-51, with four home runs, 17 RBI, and nine walks.
 
* Mike Napoli went 1-for-4 with a walk, extending his hitting streak to a season-high eight games, batting .296, going 8-for-27 in that stretch. It is his longest hit streak overall since he had an eight-game streak from Sept. 11 – 21, 2011, while with Texas.
 
* Junichi Tazawa, pitched a scoreless eighth and earned the win improving to 4-2 with a 2.53 ERA. All his decisions have come in relief.
 
* Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who went on the 15-day DL on Friday with a low back strain said he thinks he will be back when his stint is up.
 
“I do,” he said. “I feel pretty good about it and we’ve got a good staff in here help me get going.
 
“I feel better than yesterday so if I’m already making steps forward that’s where I want to be.”