Pedroia: Didn't need a survey to know I'm sexy

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Pedroia: Didn't need a survey to know I'm sexy

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In Terry Franconas new book, it was revealed that a marketing survey found Red Sox fans wanted more sexy players, using Dustin Pedroia as an example.

The diminutive yet feisty second basemans reaction to the news that he was found to be sexy?

They didnt need a damn marketing team, Pedroia said. I could have told them that for free.

Pedroia, standing in front of his locker at the teams spring training complex Tuesday morning, could be light-hearted about something he already believed to be true. But, he turned serious when asked what the Sox have to do to improve on their dreadful 2012 season?

We got to do everything better than we did last year, he said.

Last season was difficult. We had a tough time. We lost a lot of games. So I think everybodys motivated to make sure that doesnt happen again.

We got in a lot of new guys. I think a lot of guys are excited. So theres going to be a lot of different things going on. Everyones just got to do what they do. Dont try to do too much.

With a quarter of the players on the 40-man roster new to the organization this season, there were plenty of new guys in the clubhouse. With the way last season went, it may be a good thing to have so many new faces.

I thought the moves were great, Pedroia said. We added a lot of personality to the team. Theres guys that are going to bring a lot of energy to the clubhouse to the team, a lot of positive stuff. And everyones excited for everything.

A lot of the guys, you see them around the game, theyre the guys that are known for loving to play the game. They like tough atmospheres and good places to play. So its going to be fun playing with those guys.

One of the new guys will be his double-play partner Stephen Drew.

Hes a great player and Im looking forward to getting out there with him, taking some ground balls, and getting to know him a little bit, Pedroia.

But perhaps the most important addition to the team is manager John Farrell, who replaces Bobby Valentine who lasted just one season.

Johns awesome, Pedroia said. Everybody got to know him when he was here before as pitching coach from 2007-10. Hes easy to talk to. Obviously when he walk in the room he has that presence that he brings. Its going to be great for us.

Thats one of the things when he was here before. He was always communicating with guys and open about your role. You knew what you were going to do that day and that definitely helps.

But he was adamant that Valentine is not to blame for the Sox awful 2012 season, when they went 69-93, finishing last in the American League East.

None, Pedroia said. He didn't play. Its the players. Bobby didnt go out there and get any hits or make any errors or do any of that. We lost those games. Its on us.

Despite hitting .290 with 15 home runs, 39 doubles, and 60 RBI, Pedroia was hampered by a right thumb strain last season. Hes fully healthy now he said and had no limitations in his off-season workouts.

It was fine, he said. I had like a pin in my pinky for about four weeks and then they just took it out. It was kind of no big deal. And then my thumb and the other finger healed in like a month or six weeks or something.

Last season was the first losing season of his life, Pedroia said. It taught him a lesson.

I dont want it to happen again, he said. Its a lot of frustration. Its not fun coming to the field when youre not winning every day. When you have that feeling that you show up and you know youre going to win, that's the feeling you want.

Shaughnessy: Red Sox have a chance to flip this around

Shaughnessy: Red Sox have a chance to flip this around

Mike Felger and Dan Shaughnessy discuss the Boston Red Sox bouncing back from their slump with a win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

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Quotes, notes and stars: Fourth inning 'a grind' for Porcello

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 8-2 win over Tampa Bay

 

QUOTES

"I can't say enough about the way our position players have continued to grind away. . . Tonight was just another example of that.'' - John Farrell.

"He's been everything that we could have hoped. You look to a starting pitcher to go out and be consistent every fifth day -- he's been a model of that for us.'' - Farrell on Rick Porcello.

"It's nice to come back with a statement game tonight. The past couple of week haven't been good for us, so it was nice to get back on the right track tonight.'' - Travis Shaw.

"Preventing them from scoring first was big and then limiting the big inning. The fourth inning was a grind. I dug myself a hole and had to find a way out of it.'' - Rick Porcello.

 

NOTES

* Rick Porcello became the first Red Sox starter to record a win since David Price beat Seattle on Jume 19.

* Porcello is unbeaten over his last eight starts, going 3-0 with five no-decisions.

* Porcello had gone 19 straight starts without allowing more than two walks, the longest such streak for a Red Sox starter since Curt Schilling went 33 in a row.

* The Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak and are one of two teams (Cleveland is the other) to not have lost four straight this season.

* Boston has a major league-leading 22 games in which it has scored eight or more runs.

* The first six hitters in the Red Sox lineup were 11-for-24, while the bottom three were a combined 0-for-13.

* Travis Shaw's home run was measured at 449 feet, the second-longest homer by a Red Sox player this season.

* In one night, Travis Shaw had more RBI (five) than he had in his previous 27 games (four).

* David Ortiz tied Frank Thomas in career RBI (1,704); both are in 23rd place.

 

STARS

1) Travis Shaw

Shaw belted out three hits -- including his first homer in the month of June -- and knocked in five RBI, tying a career high.

2) Rick Porcello

In a perfect world, Porcello would have gone a little deeper, but kept the Rays off the scoreboard early and helped set the tone for the night.

3) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez reached base five times with two hits -- both singles -- and three walks - one intentional - and seemed to be in the middle of every Red Sox rally.