Pedroia (hand) not in lineup Wednesday


Pedroia (hand) not in lineup Wednesday

Dustin Pedroia left last night's game after getting jammed at the plate, seemingly re-aggravating the thumb injury he suffered earlier this season. As a precautionary measure, Bobby Valentine said that Pedroia will not start against Miami tonight.

Valentine sat down for his weekly interview with WEEI and said he is taking the "cautious route" with his second baseman.

"Dustin came in, said he felt really good," Valentine told WEEI on Thursday. "He was more shocked than worried last night when that ball got in on his hands."

Pedroia shook off the injury when asked about it before Wednesday's game.

"I'm not playing today. I'll be in there tomorrow though. I feel fine." "I'm not playing today," he said. "I'll be in there tomorrow though. I feel fine."

He also said he was available to play tonight if needed.

Pedroia left Tuesday nights game following the seventh inning after hitting a pop-up on an inside pitch. Pedroia suffered a partially torn adductor muscle and missed six games in late May and early June. He has been wearing a guard around his right thumb to absorb some of the pounding his hand takes at the plate.

Nick Punto will start at second base tonight in Pedroia's place.

Here's the Red Sox lineup for Wednesday:

1. Daniel Nava, LF
2. Ryan Kalish, CF
3. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
4. David Ortiz, DH
5. Cody Ross, RF
6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
7. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
8. Mike Aviles, SS
9. Nick Punto, 2B

SP -- Felix Doubront

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Brown apologizes for 'distraction' caused by Facebook Live video

Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown posted an apology on social media Tuesday night for his Facebook Live video that has caused a stir over the last few days.

"I let my emotions and genuine excitement get the best of me, and I wanted to share that moment with our fans," said Brown in a statement on his Twitter. ""It was wrong of me to do, against team and NFL policy, and I have apologized to Coach Tomlin and my teammates for my actions.

"I'm sorry to them for letting it become a distraction and something that they've had to answer questions about while we're preparing for a big game on Sunday."

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect" on Sunday's game against the Patriots, but it was "selfish and inconsiderate" of his star wide receiver.

Brown could still be fined for violating the league's social-media policy. The policy states that players, coaches and football operations personnel are banned from using social media on game days 90 minutes before kickoff, during games, and before "traditional media interviews."

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Koppen: Antonio Brown should know locker room isn’t time for Facebook posts

Former NFL player Dan Koppen says the team locker room after a win is a sacred place and that Steelers WR Antonio Brown should know not to be posting on Facebook.