Sox finally beat Rays in 16th inning, 1-0

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Sox finally beat Rays in 16th inning, 1-0

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Long after Josh Beckett and Jeff Niemann matched zeros for eight innings, the Red Sox edged the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 in 16 innings on Dustin Pedroia's two-out run-scoring single.

Josh Reddick started the 16th inning with a walk and was sacrificed to second by Jason Varitek. After an infield single by Marco Scutaro pushed Reddick to third, Pedroia lashed a line single to right.

Alfredo Aceves, who tossed three shutout innings, got the win while Jonathan Papelbon secured his 21st save.

The Sox stranded 17 baserunners compared to just six for Tampa. The Red Sox used six different pitchers while the Rays deployed nine.

Earlier, the Red Sox had had the bases loaded with no out in the top of the 11th inning, but failed to push a run across.

It wasn't until the top of the ninth inning that either team got a runner in scoring position. Dustin Pedroia led with a double to right-center. A one-out walk to Kevin Youkilis and a two-out pass to J.D. Drew loaded the bases for Josh Reddick who flied out to center.

The Sox also had two on and two out in the 10th but Adrian Gonzalez grounded out to second.

Beckett was every bit as brilliant as he was when he last pitched here, June 15, when he tossed a complete-game one-hit shutout.

He allowed a sharp single off his foot to Evan Longoria with two outs in the first, then retired the next 22 in a row. He did not issue a walk and struck out six. He was left with his seventh no-decision in 18 starts.

Niemann was just as as terrific, striking out 10 and allowing just two hits through the first eight.

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Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

The Cardinals broke open a close game with four runs in the last two innings against Red Sox relief prospect Chandler Shepherd and went on to a 7-2 exhibition victory over Boston yesterday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Cardinals box score

The loss dropped the Sox to 1-3 for the exhibition season.

Boston had jumped on top, 1-0, on an RBI single by Mitch Moreland in the bottom of the first, but St. Louis countered with two runs in the second and one in the third, all against starter Brian Johnson. It remained 3-1 until the Cards touched Shepherd for two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth. The Red Sox added their final run in the bottom of the ninth when catcher Jordan Procyshen, who spent last season at Single-A Salem, hit a sacrifice fly.

Moreland, Xander Bogaerts and Chris Young each had two hits for the Red Sox. who also got scoreless relief from Teddy Stankiewicz, Noe Ramirez, Robby Scott, Kyle Martin and Brandon Workman. It was Bogaerts' last game before leaving to compete for The Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

The Sox host the Yankees on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia is no stranger to injuries. That's a big reason why he's no longer a stranger to the sometimes peculiar practices of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

In an interview on WEEI's "Bradfo Show," Pedroia told Rob Bradford that he's been taking cues from the five-time Super Bowl-winning QB to help extend his playing career and make his body healthier and more durable.

“I understand what he does and know what he does. I think it’s awesome,” Pedroia told Bradford. “There’s a reason why he’s successful at his age (39), and he looks better now than he did when he first came to the league. You have to be smarter as you get older and learn different styles -- the way to train and the way you take care of your body to be able to perform and stay on the field. It doesn’t matter what sport you’re playing. He’s definitely got that figured out.”

Pedroia, of course, played the entire 2013 World Series-winning season with a torn ligament in his thumb. He's battled through various other lower body and hand injuries over the past few seasons, as well. But in 2016, he had his best season in recent memory, posting his highest OPS since 2011, as WEEI notes.

Part of that is with his own take on the Brady approach -- which focuses more on pliability and resistance training than extensive, heavy weight lifting -- and a healthier overall lifestyle, something Brady is notoriously infamous for having.

"There’s tons of ways to take care of your body. It’s not just get in the weight room and throw weights around,” Pedroia explained. “As you get older, the human body can’t take the pounding if you’re going in there and power lifting. When you’re younger, you can handle some of that. But as you get older, you got to be smarter. Sometimes less is more -- whether that’s weight or reps or whatever. You’ve just got to be smart. And eating wise, that’s a big part of recovery. If you put the right foods in your body, you’ll heal faster if you’re injured or recover faster. It’s like a car, man. Put bad gas in, bro. It’s not going to be the same as good gas.”

He hopes the approach can, at the very least, keep him moving for quite some time.

“I plan on living until I’m 100," he said. "So we’re not even halfway home."