Dustin Pedroia

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SAN FRANCISCO - John Farrell wanted to give Dustin Pedroia some time off in a one-sided game, so he inserted Xander Bogaerts at third base in the bottom of the seventh and shifted Will Middlebrook

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BOSTON – It was either a fastball that got away from him. Or it was a message Ryan Dempster delivered with his fourth pitch of the second inning.

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BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia is in the lineup and batting third a day after fouling a ball hard off of his ankle, which required the Red Sox to replace him defensively in the ninth inning of their 6-1

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BOSTON — As good as Dustin Pedroia was in the field on Saturday, he was just as bad at the plate.

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BOSTON – Perhaps it’s fatigue. Perhaps it’s the dog days. Perhaps it’s being on essentially the fourth leg of a six-city road trip -- despite having three-games at Fenway Park this weekend.

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