Pedroia: On fire in the clutch

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Pedroia: On fire in the clutch

For all the Sox struggles, it's no surprise that Dustin Pedroia has been one of the bright spots.

Through six games, Pedroia is batting .320 with a .953 OPS both numbers are good for second best on the team behind leading AL MVP candidate Ryan Sweeney.

Pedroia is also tied for the team lead in hits, with eight.

On the flip side, Dusty Two Sacks only has two RBI (with one coming on a solo home run), but you know what might help that number? If the tail end of the order (andor Jacoby Ellsbury) got on base once in a while! But whatever, it's early. We're not going to obsess over any of these stats quite yet.

However, over at WEEI.com, Rob Bradford dug up a stat that's more than more our obsession.

Writes Bradford: "Pedroia has made six plate appearances in the ninth inning or in extra innings, and has reached base each time (four hits, two walks)."

Wow. Now that's what I call a Taxi Cab Confession!

Sorry, I don't know where that came from. And I also don't know how that stat had remained under the radar. (Hmm, maybe if NESN wasn't so busy counting player's Twitter followers?)

Anyway, that information tell you all you need to know about Dustin Pedroia.

But probably nothing that you didn't know already.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Rasheed Wallace shows KG his amazing Doc Rivers impression

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Rasheed Wallace shows KG his amazing Doc Rivers impression

By Dane Carbaugh, NBCSports.com Pro Basketball Talk

Rasheed Wallace is a man of many talents. Playing basketball. Getting ejected. Helping the disenfranchised. Throwing towels. He’s a Renaissance man, really.

Oh, and apparently he does a spot-on Doc Rivers impersonation.

During a segment on Kevin Garnett’s “Area 21” TV show, Wallace not only brought attention to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but was able to emulate the Los Angeles Clippers coach strikingly well. It came while Wallace was breaking down Rivers recent explosion and ejection from a game against the Brooklyn Nets, an outburst for which he was fined $15,000.

From the Area 21 Twitter page:

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo. 

*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other. 

*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week. 

*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches. 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda. 

*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out. 

*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL. 

*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that.