BALTIMORE — The Red Sox did something unusual on Sunday. They played a game without second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
Manager John Farrell followed through with his threat to give Pedroia a day off and sat him out against the Orioles in a 6-3 loss at Camden Yards.
Pedroia started the first 70 games of the season and had played all but 10 innings at second base. Pedroia was one of 16 players who had started all of their team’s games this season.
The timing made sense on several fronts. The Sox are off on Monday, so Pedroia will get two days off in a row. He also is slumping a bit at the plate with three hits in his last 19 at-bats. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.