Pedroia backs up the talk with his bat


Pedroia backs up the talk with his bat

BOSTON After the Red Sox lost the first game of their three-game series against the Yankees in New York, Dustin Pedroia unleashed a verbal tongue lashing, aimed at himself, his teammates, or anyone in the organization who wanted to accept it.

Pedroia backed up those words Monday night against the Tigers, belting a tiebreaking, two-run shot in the sixth, on the way to a 7-3 Sox win.

With the score knotted at 2, Pedroias ninth home run of the season scored Carl Crawford, who had walked ahead of him to open the inning. After Pedroias shot, off Detroit starter Max Scherzer, the Sox added three more runs, including a two-run shot by Will Middlebrooks in the eighth, never letting the Tigers back in the game.

Its awesome, Middlebrooks said of Pedroias home run. It gets him fired up and when he gets fired up we get fired up. Its fun to watch.

Since Pedroias outburst in New York, the Sox have yet to lose.

More than you know, Middlebrooks said of how much the team feeds off its second baseman. its fun to have a guy like that.

The home run in Pedroias 800th career game -- was his first at Fenway since May 10. Although he is hitting just .267 this season, well below his .307 from last season and career mark of .301, he has hit a home run in three of his past five games and has four home runs in 13 games this month after not hitting any in his previous 40 games.

I feel good, feel good, he said. Just got to keep going. Its a long year, got a long way to go. So just concentrate on helping the team win ballgames.

I just tried to get a good pitch to hit. He was tough. He was on the corners. Hes got great stuff. And Im just trying to get a pitch I can handle.

On this night, there would be nothing more exuberant than that from Pedroia. No need.

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Pedroia (knee) out of lineup again after leaving game early Thursday

Dustin Pedroia is out of the lineup again tonight after leaving the Red Sox game Thursday night with knee pain in the fifth inning.

Josh Rutledge will start at second base as the Sox open a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.  

The weather and sloppy field conditions were a factor in John Farrell deciding to get Pedroia out of the game Thursday and conditions haven’t improved significantly Friday. 

Pedroia (.288, two homers, 21 RBI) had surgery on that knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked the plunking war between the Orioles and Red Sox.

The full lineups: 

Jean Segura SS
Guillermo Heredia CF
Robinson Canó 2B
Nelson Cruz DH
Kyle Seager 3B
Danny Valencia 1B
Taylor Motter LF
Ben Gamel RF
Mike Zunino C

Yovanni Gallardo RHP

Mookie Betts RF
Andrew Benintendi LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Josh Rutledge 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr CF
Christian Vazquez C
Deven Marrero 3B

Eduardo Rodriguez LHP


Price on his return to Red Sox: ’There’s not a better feeling’

Price on his return to Red Sox: ’There’s not a better feeling’

BOSTON — Red Sox left-hander David Price is set to make his season debut in a holiday matinee Monday on the road in Chicago against the White Sox. 

Price, 31, starting the second season of a $217 million, seven-year contract, has been recovering from a strained pitching elbow since spring training.

“Excited, just to be back here,” he said Thursday. “There’s not a better feeling. You can’t replicate it anywhere else.”

Price allowed nine runs — six earned — and 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings in a pair of less-than-impressive injury rehabilitation starts at Triple-A Pawtucket. He struck out eight and walked two.

“A lot of pitches, in a short amount of time. I think that is more of a test to being healthy as opposed to going out there and throwing five or six [innings] in 90 pitches,” he said. “To do what I did in both of my rehab outings, I don’t think you can do that if you’re not healthy.”

The Red Sox (24-21) have won four in a row heading into their weekend series against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.

“He’s eager to get back to us and physically he feels great,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “His return to us will give us a definite boost but that’s not to de-emphasize he needs to go out and perform.”

Farrell hopes Price’s return has a trickle-down impact.

“It’s not based solely on the name on the back of his jersey,” Farrell said. “Hopefully it allows us to even out some of the performances within the rotation.”

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