ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It's a no go for Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia for a second consecutive evening here, but that doesn't mean bad news for the American League Most Valuable Player or for the Red Sox.
Recovering from a sore groin, Pedroia was expected to return to the lineup for the middle game of Boston's series with the Los Angeles Angels this evening. But the more Sox manager Terry Francona studied the schedule and looked at Thursday's 12:30 p.m. (local time) first pitch, he didn't want to play Pedroia twice within a 24-hour span. So he decided the smart thing to do was to give Pedroia one more day of rest Wednesday.
"I told him after (Tuesday) night's game," Francona said. "And he called me a name I can't use here."
In other words, the response from Pedroia was, I'm healthy enough to return to the lineup yesterday.
"I called him a lot of things," Pedroia said, grinning.
The second baseman took early batting practice Wednesday afternoon and, according to Francona, "looks really good." But this plan, the manager said, "will buy him one more day."
"I don't make out the lineup."
Pedroia left Sunday night's game against Tampa Bay with a strained right groin. Since May 1, he's batting .410 (16-for-29) with two doubles, five RBI, 12 runs scored, seven walks and a steal. His seven games with at least three hits is tied for the major-league lead.
He's also tied for the major-league lead with two four-hit games, and his .448 batting average with runners in scoring position leads the AL.
Likes: Dave Roberts in the broadcast booth for Boston television Wednesday night and on into Seattle later this road trip. Get well soon, Jerry Remy. Your spot is being kept warm by a class guy. ... I know I shouldn't, because I hate it when bozos jump onto the field and interrupt the game, but the streaker during the Mets' game at Citibank Field wearing nothing but a stuffed monkey around his waist? Now that's creative.
Dislikes: Ryan Zimmerman's hit streak ending at 30 consecutive games. Hit streaks are fun. Hit streaks are underrated. I'd love to see someone take a run at Joe DiMaggio's 56-gamer. That would put a jolt into our summer. ... People telling me about American Idol have the same effect as those describing their golf outings to me. Zzzzzzz.
Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:
"I got some groceries
"Some peanut butter
"To last a couple of days
"But I ain't got no speakers
"Ain't got no headphones
"Ain't got no records to play"
-- Talking Heads, Life During Wartime