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."

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Three-run HR from Sandoval (.353) leads Red Sox split squad past Rays, 7-5

Pablo Sandoval hit his fourth home run of the spring and Rusney Castillo had three hits to lead a Red Sox split squad to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla. 

Sandoval, who has won back his third base job after missing nearly all of last season following surgery on his left shoulder, connected for a three-run shot, batting right-handed, against Rays starter Ian Snell in the fifth inning. The switch-hitting Sandoval had abandoned hitting right-handed in 2015, his last full season with the Red Sox.

He's hitting .353 this spring with a 1.051 OPS and 19 RBI.

Castillo, the Cuban outfielder signed to a seven-year, $72 million deal late in 2014 but again likely headed for Triple-A Pawtucket, went 3-for-4 and is hitting .368 this spring. Catcher Blake Swihart, also probably Pawtucket-bound, had two hits and is hitting .325.


 

Another strong start for Kendrick in Red Sox split squad's 3-3 tie with Phillies

Another strong start for Kendrick in Red Sox split squad's 3-3 tie with Phillies

Kyle Kendrick strengthened his bid for a spot in the rotation by allowing two runs in six innings and striking out six and Jackie Bradley homered as a Red Sox split squad played to a 3-3 tie with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Kendrick, 32, a non-roster invitee to spring training, allowed eight hits and a walk in his sixth start this spring. He's been the Red Sox best starter with an ERA of 2.17. 

With David Price out until May and lefty Drew Pomeranz still a question mark, Kendrick could find his way into the rotation behind Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez.

Bradley went 2-for-3 with his third homer of the spring. He's hitting .244 in spring training games. 

The Phillies pushed across the tying run in the ninth off lefty reliever Robby Scott, the first run he's allowed this spring in 10 innings. 

The Minnesota Twins host the Red Sox on Sunday at 1:05 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.