Pedroia's night: 4 hits, 1 gem

Pedroia's night: 4 hits, 1 gem
April 3, 2014, 1:15 am
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BALTIMORE -- Dustin Pedroia collected his first four-hit game since Aug. 23, 2012, but that wasn't the highlight of his night.

In the second inning, with two out and the bases empty, Pedroia went diving behind the second base bag to glove a hard-hit grounder hit by Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy.

He quickly planted and made a strong throw to first for a bit of fielding magic that, even as it came in the second game of the season, will likely rank among the better plays made in the 2014 season.

"That was a great one,'' marveled starting pitcher John Lackey. "I thought that was a hit, for sure. It almost hit me and I thought it was going up the middle. He's a special player. He's playing hard all the time. He got a bunch of knocks today. But that was an unbelievable play by a Gold Glove-caliber player.''

"When I dove,'' recounted Pedroia, "my knee stuck in the ground so I could just spin and I just threw as hard as I can.''

As for the four-hit night at the plate, Pedroia modestly claimed he was "just trying to have some good at-bats and get on base for the guys behind me...My job is to get on for them. If they need to hit a fly ball to drive us in, they're really good hitters, not just home run hitters."