By Joe Haggerty
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BOSTON Dustin Pedroia has always had a love for pro wrestling and the Nature Boy Ric Flair, but it skyrocketed to a whole other level this week as he has placed a shrine to the WWE wrestler up above his locker stall in the Fenway home clubhouse.
The Sox second baseman and outfielder Josh Reddick teamed up to purchase a very regal-looking red wrestling robe with Nature Boy written across the back, and placed the robe up above his stall. The robe is pretty flamboyant with white ruffles around the sleeves and collar area is big enough to be worn by somebody with Flairs oversized build.
To somebody unfamiliar with the world of pro wrestling, the robe actually looked like a winter coat worn by Mrs. Claus in one of the Rudolph the Reindeer specials but theres no mistaking what it was upon closer inspection.
Reddick purchased the robe autographed by Flair himself for 400 with his E-Bay account last week, and the red robe came with a WWE championship belt thats hanging next to Pedroias newest locker conversation piece.
Pedroia said he might wear the robe on the special occasion, and that it wont be coming down from above his locker anytime soon.
"That thing aint going anywhere 'till I get traded or released, said a cocksure Pedroia as he suited up to get ready for Tuesday nights tilt against the Cleveland Indians. I dont have an E-Bay account, so Reddick found that thing online and got it. There was no doubt it was coming here. Thats the Nature Boy, baby.
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BOSTON (AP) Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.
Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.
Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.
If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.
The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.
As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.
The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.
Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard.
PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.
On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.
Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.