Pedroia: 'My thumb was good'

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Pedroia: 'My thumb was good'

BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia returned to the Red Sox lineup on Tuesday night for the first time since May 28. He wore a protective brace over his injured right thumb while hitting second and playing second base against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park.

Pedroia went hitless with a walk and an RBI sacrifice fly in the fifth inning that tied the game at 2-2.

Afterwards, he said he hopes to be out of the brace in a few weeks, and was already adjusting to it by the end of the night.

"My thumb was good," said Pedroia. "I've just got to get used to the guard and get my timing back a little bit. But other than that, I felt fine.

"I'm not used to it, but my last few at-bats I felt more comfortable, and I was seeing the ball better and my timing was better. So, I'll build on that, come out tomorrow, and try to do something to help us."

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine thought Pedroia looked healthy.

"They made some pretty darn good pitches on him, and a couple called strikes were tough on him," said Valentine. "But I think he was healthy, considering he hadn't had an at-bat in eight days. It was a pretty good performance. I thought he was on most of the pitches."

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Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Chris Sale threw five shutout innings and Pablo Sandoval continued his torrid spring with two more hits as the Red Sox routed the Twins, 7-2, Sunday at the Twins' Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Twins box score

Sale allowed six hits, with one walk and six strikeouts, in his 91-pitch outing. Manager John Farrell had told reporters before the game that Sale was scheduled to throw between 95 and 100 pitches. He has 26 strikeouts and 2 walks in 21 spring-training innings.

Sandoval lifted his exhibition average to .370 with a 2-for-3 performance, which included a double.

The Red Sox also got home runs from Christian Vazquez, Andrew Benintendi and Steve Selsky as they rallied from a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the seventh inning and four in the eighth.