Dustin Pedroia homered in the first inning vs. the Rays. Asked if he could hit 30, he said, “Thirty what? Doubles? I’ve always told you guys I’m not a home run hitter. I try to get hits, get on base, score runs, and just kind of be a pain in the butt. So hopefully I can do that. The year I hit 21 there was a couple of wind-aided ones. So no, I think, obviously my strength is the ball in, close to me. Other teams know that, so they’re not going to attack me that way. So I might get enough mistakes, maybe there’s a chance. Don’t read too much into it.” Pedroia said he has no worries about his hand injury. “Right when I got home, I rehabbed it. Tried to get the scar tissue out of there and build up strength. Now it feels great,” he said . . . Mike Carp played first base, made a couple of nice plays and doubled in his first Red Sox at-bat, against Tampa Bay’s Alex Cobb. Carp expects to play almost every day from here on out and likely will start taking fly balls so he can play left field and compete for the backup first base/outfield job. “It was nice to open up at first base since that’s my natural position,” he said.
Peter Abraham of the Globe staff contributed to this report from Dunedin, Fla. Nick Cafardo can be reached at email@example.com.