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Friday, July 27, 2012
Pedroia doesn't spare the stars

By Gordon Edes

NEW YORK -- Mincing no words, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia offered an example of how the team isn't doing the little things that contribute to winning, and while he named no names, he cited an example Friday night that involved three of the team's biggest stars.

Pedroia pointed at the eighth inning, when Jacoby Ellsbury grounded out on the second pitch, Carl Crawford grounded out on the first pitch, Pedroia singled on the third pitch, and Adrian Gonzalez grounded out on the third pitch. Yankees setup man David Robertson threw a total of nine pitches in the inning.

The Yankees, meanwhile, countered with Curtis Granderson's grand slam in the bottom of the eighth.

"Late in the game," Pedroia said, "[the Yankees] extended themselves from us. That's what great teams do. We didn't do anything. Our at-bats late in the game were not good. Swinging early in the count. Heck, if their eighth-inning guy is going to come in the game, let's at least get 25,30 pitches so he can't pitch tomorrow, do something productive, you know?

"We're not doing that. That's a sign of not a winning team. Those are the little things we need to do better. It's frustrating."