Pedroia sits out today's game

May, 16, 2010
DETROIT -- Dustin Pedroia wanted to play Sunday afternoon.

Unfortunately for the Red Sox second baseman, Terry Francona still gets to fill out the lineup card.

Pedroia was in the original lineup for the day game against Detroit, but was scratched when Francona noticed he was limping slightly.
Pedroia had taken an awkward step while trying to score from second on David Ortiz's fourth-inning single. He was tagged out by Gerald Laird in what turned out to be a key play after the Tigers rallied to win
7-6 in 12 innings.

"He twisted his knee a little when he was trying to avoid the play at the plate," Francona said. "I don't think it is a problem, but I decided it made for a good time to give him a day off. He wanted to go, but he wants to play full-out every day, and sometimes that isn't the best idea."

Two other Red Sox players -- closer Jonathan Papelbon and catcher Victor Martinez -- were also given Sunday off for more traditional reasons.

"Pap pitched 2 1/3 innings last night, and even though he did a great job, we aren't about to bring him back 12 hours later -- that's just not how we do things," Francona said. "Victor caught 12 innings, so it was an easy decision, especially with a day game after a night game."

NO REGRETS: Francona didn't lose any sleep wondering what would have happened if the Red Sox had gotten a better bounce on J.D. Drew's third-inning double. With two out and the bases loaded, the runners were going, and Adrian Beltre would have scored easily had the ball not bounced over the 420-foot sign and into the shrubbery atop the center-field fence.

Instead, Beltre had to stop at third on the ground-rule double, and was stranded there when Bill Hall popped out. That run could have prevented the marathon defeat.

"When J.D. hits a ball like that, you don't think about being disappointed that the ball bounced over the fence and that we didn't get another run," Francona said. "You are happy that the guy just hit a 400-foot double that got you a couple runs, and I didn't really think about it again after the game."

INJURY UPDATES: Josh Beckett reported no ill-effects from Saturday's bullpen session, and is now officially the scheduled starter for Tuesday's game in New York. Beckett skipped his last start due to a sore back.

In the meantime, injured outfielders Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury could bump into each other in Pawtucket. Cameron was not scheduled to make a rehab appearance Sunday, but could play one more minor-league game in Pawtucket's afternoon game on Monday before rejoining the Red Sox in New York.

Ellsbury is also scheduled to play Monday in Pawtucket, then go to Double-A Portland for a Tuesday game before rejoining the Red Sox for an examination and a decision on the next steps in his recovery from fractured ribs.



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