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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Pedroia's error on transfer play costs Sox

By Kyle Brasseur | Special to ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- In the second inning of Thursday night's game against the New York Yankees, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia became the latest victim of the MLB's oft-criticized transfer rule.

Dustin Pedroia
Dustin Pedroia bobbles the play at second base while trying to turn a double play.
Following a leadoff walk to Brett Gardner, Red Sox starter Felix Doubront got Brian Roberts to ground to third base for a possible double play. Brock Holt threw the ball to Pedroia, who tagged second base before losing the ball as Gardner slid in. As a result of the new rule, Gardner was called safe at second and Pedroia was given an error on the play. The Yankees went on to score three runs in the inning.

Pedroia had spoken about the rule Sunday night after the Red Sox rallied to score three runs in an inning where Baltimore Orioles shortstop Ryan Flaherty lost control of a ball on the transfer.

"I don't like the transfer rule. I'm a middle infielder so I know it's tough," Pedroia said. "You've got a guy sliding at you and you can't see him; you're trying to get rid of the ball quick. It's 30 degrees, sometimes you lose it. I'm not a big fan of that rule, but I don't make the rules."