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Pedroia eager to prove critics wrong

Updated: July 14, 2012, 3:23 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Dustin Pedroia would hardly be the first player you'd expect to come to the barricades in defense of Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. Pedroia remains exceptionally close with Valentine's predecessor, Terry Francona, and was the one who issued a biting retort ("That's not the way we go about our stuff around here") when Valentine took a public shot at Kevin Youkilis back in April.

But whatever his private thoughts may be, the Red Sox second baseman elected ...

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