Pedroia: 'It's all about team' for 2012 Red Sox

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Pedroia: 'It's all about team' for 2012 Red Sox

BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup, but he says it doesn't mean the Red Sox are going to miss a beat.

"There's still a laser show going on," he told Comcast SportsNet's Nicole Zaloumis Thursday night. "Just different guys doing it."

And that -- despite all the early-season, talk-radio hysteria of chicken, beer, and inmates-running-the-asylum carryover from last year -- is why Pedroia thinks the 2012 Red Sox are different than their '11 predecessors.

"We got a great group of guys, and we're not worried about individual results," he told Zaloumis. "It's all about team.

"We saw last year when we signed a lot of big-name guys and traded for Adrian Gonzalez that not a bunch of individuals can win, 'cause we didn't even make the playoffs. We're trying to put the team in front of all the individual players and guys are doing that."

For now, they're doing it without Pedroia as he recovers from a thumb injury.

"I feel fine," he said. "It's just one of those things where I have to have it calm down . . . It's kind of like a guy that hurts his hamstring or tears a muscle in his hamstring. I'm just treating it that way and trying to get back out there."

So you're day-to-day? asked Zaloumis.

"Yeah, basically. All the swelling's getting out of there and once that calms down I'm going to get a guard fit for me and try to go out there and hit."

Manager Bobby Valentine joked that his shorthanded team might have to turn to catchers Jarrod Saltalamacchia or Kelly Shoppach as middle infielders in a crisis, an idea that Pedroia, ah, didn't warm to.

"Put it this way: If something happens, there's more of a chance that I'll go in at catcher than they'll go to play second base or shortstop," he said with a laugh. "I don't think I'd let that happen to the guys. I'd go out there with this splint or something if that happens."

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.