Pedroia 'fine' after being hit by pitch in forearm


Pedroia 'fine' after being hit by pitch in forearm

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who left Thursday night's game against the New York Yankees after being struck on the left forearm by a pitch, reported that he was "fine" Friday morning and anticipated returning to the lineup Saturday.

"I took a check swing," recounted Pedroia. "I just tried to get out of the way. It was a sinker in, so it started in. I committed and then I just tried to get out of the way."

Pedroia said he "probably" would have remained in the game had it been the regular season, but manager Bobby Valentine thought it best to be cautious.

Pedroia underwent x-rays, which proved negative.

He planned to take some batting practice Friday morning, "see how it feels and try to play tomorrow.

"It's sore, but it's just like a bruise," said Pedroia. "I'll take some swings and try to get to loose. It's no big deal. I lucked out."

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner


Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.