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Pedroia out with aggravated knee


Pedroia out with aggravated knee

BALTIMORE -- Dustin Pedroia has been remarkably durable this season, playing in 144 of the team's first 151 games. But with less than two weeks left in the regular season, Pedroia has a minor injury that required attention Tuesday.

Pedroia wasn't in the starting lineup for the second game of the series with the Orioles, and a day for rest seemed odd. Sure enough, it wasn't a matter of giving him a day off.

“He needs a day to get some treatment on his left knee,” John Farrell said. “In the series in Toronto he made that play up the middle and kind of twisted the knee a little bit on the throw. It's a situation he's been managing since that series. After (Monday) night though, there seemed there was a little more swelling in the knee and needed a day to recover and get some additional treatment.”

Pedrioa has enjoyed one of his finest seasons -- both in the field and at the plate -- and recently took off offensively after being moved to the leadoff spot in the lineup, challenging Houston's Jose Altuve for the batting title in the American League.

But since the series in Toronto, Pedroia has cooled some at the plate, hitting just .257 since the team left Canada and on Monday night, he wasn't running hard down to first on a double play.

“It's not to that point (where the club feels the need to get an MRI on the knee),” Farrell said, “but he's been checked out multiple times since the series in Toronto. I would be hopeful that he would be back in the lineup and on the field (Wednesday) again. We were kind of targeting to get through this series and give him some downtime in Tampa, but we felt like today was going to be needed.”

Tuesday marked just the seventh time all year that Pedroia wasn't the starting second baseman.

With Pedroia sitting, the Sox had Marco Hernandez get the start at second base. Brock Holt, who might have been the first option against righthander Kevin Gausman, is away from the club for two days after a death in the family.

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.