Pedroia records 1,000th career hit in loss to Mariners

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Pedroia records 1,000th career hit in loss to Mariners

SEATTLE -- The losses keep piling up, but Dustin Pedroia is one of the few players who can escape the blame.

Pedroia had two of the six hits produced by the Red Sox in their 4-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners, Boston's seventh in as many tries on the current road trip.

The second baseman has a 14-game hitting streak. During that stretch, Pedroia is hitting .386 (22-for-57) with 10 runs scored, seven doubles, two homers and eight RBI.

Dating back to Aug. 5, nearly a month ago, Pedroia sports a major-league best .381 average with 14 doubles, 21 runs scored and 16 RBI. He's lifted his average for the season to .290.

His first hit -- a double in the first that led to the first (and only) Red Sox run of the afternoon -- was the 1,000th of his career, becoming the 31st player in franchise history to reach that
milestone.

It took him 833 games to get there, a pace bettered by only five players: Nomar Garciaparra (746 games); Wade Boggs (747); Johnny Pesky (774); Ted Williams (814); and Jim Rice (827).

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.