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Pedroia checked out by doctor; stays in lineup

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 4, 2013 12:39 AM

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NEW YORK — Dustin Pedroia was in the Red Sox lineup on Wednesday despite a sore right hand, the product of his diving headfirst into first base in the ninth inning of Monday’s game. He was checked out by a team doctor on Tuesday.

The Red Sox were concerned enough to have Triple A infielder Brock Holt in New York in case Pedroia had to go on the disabled list.

“I’m OK. They checked me out and it’s fine,” Pedroia said. “It was bothering me but I can play.”

Pedroia tore a muscle in his right thumb last May and missed six games. The same injury put him on the disabled list in July.

Pedroia ended the season with a torn ligament in the pinky finger on his right hand that required surgery and a broken ring finger on his left hand. Diving into first base, or any base for that matter, may not be the wisest move for him.

Pedroia was 2 for 5 in a 7-4 victory against the Yankees and played all nine innings.

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• As he said he would in spring training, John Farrell dropped Shane Victorino in the lineup against a righthander. Victorino hit seventh with the Yankees starting Hiroki Kuroda. Daniel Nava hit second and was the designated hitter, and Jonny Gomes was the bench.

Victorino and Nava are switch hitters. But Victorino is better hitting righthanded and Nava lefthanded.

It worked out well as Nava was 2 for 3 with a walk and an RBI, and was hit by a pitch. Victorino was 2 for 5 and drove in a run.

Gomes, a righthanded hitter, has been much better against lefties in his career. But the Red Sox will give him opportunities to face righthanders and believe he can improve.

“I thought he swung the bat well in spring training against righties,” Farrell said.

Farrell does not see the DH spot as necessarily a platoon until David Ortiz returns. He plans to mix in other players.

“Until we get in a stretch of everyday games, who might need a [day] at the DH slot to get them of their feet for a day remains to be seen,” Farrell said. “That would be the intent as we go through six, seven to eight consecutive games.”

• It was 43 degrees at first pitch and fell six degrees from there and Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias took the field with his much face encased in a hood and hand warmers in his pockets. “I hate the cold,” said the 23-year-old native of Cuba. “But I had to get used to it.” Iglesias said the 2010 season he played in Portland was the toughest on him. “It snowed in Binghamton (N.Y.) one time. I had never really seen snow before,” he said. “But I’ve learned how to deal with it. It’s part of the game when you play here.”

• Will Middlebrooks, who played with a 102-degree fever on Monday, was feeling better after a day off and a steak dinner. He was 0 for 4 but hit the ball hard twice in his final two at-bats and made a nice bare-handed play on Brett Gardner’s bunt attempt in the first inning.

• Koji Uehara turned 38 on Wednesday. He is the oldest player on the team.

• For Joel Hanrahan, the save was his first against the Yankees in his career.

• Jackie Bradley Jr. is the first Red Sox player to score multiple runs in his first two major league games since Sam Horn in 1987.

• Mike Napoli's infield single in the sixth inning was his first hit with the Red Sox.

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