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Who wore it better? Jeter's flip or Pedroia's?

Who wore it better? Jeter's flip or Pedroia's?

OK, so a July regular-season game in Texas isn't a postseason game, but Dustin Pedroia's bare-handed catch and throw in the Red Sox' 7-5,11-inning victory over the Rangers drew instant comparison's to Derek Jeter's flip play and might be the best defensive play Pedroia has ever made.

The comparisons to Jeter's famous flip in the 2001 ALDS to get Oakland's Jeremy Giambi (why didn't he just slide?!) at the plate immediately came to mind. 

In the ninth inning Monday night, after the Rangers had tied it at 5 on Mike Napoli's home run off Craig Kimbrel, Carlos Gomez dribbled a swinging bunt that Sox third baseman Deven Marrero charged and fielded then threw errantly past first baseman Mitch Moreland.

Gomez made the turn toward second - where he would've represented the winning run with nobody out - but Pedroia, on the outfield grass behind first, fielded the carom of the wild throw bare-handed and threw to Moreland who put the tag on a scrambling Gomez as he was diving back to first. 

It was the capper of a stellar night for Pedroia, who drove in four runs and made two other standout defensive plays as the Sox won their fifth in a row.  

“He’s a lot of great seasons here, a lot of great games. Tonight might be one of the better games he’s ever played in this uniform,” Red Sox manager John Farrell told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. “He was the right man at the right spot at the plate. He was everywhere defensively.”

Pedroia told reporters he was just doing his job.

“I was just backing up the base. I mean, I do it every time,” he said. “I think our infielders, we take pride in backing up bases and making sure if there is an overthrow, you’re there for your guy. So it just worked out for us.

“It just kicked off in the right spot and I was able to get to it and Mitch was able to get back to the base. So it was a big play, especially after they just tied the game.”


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.