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Pedey's hands hold Red Sox together

Dustin Pedroia didn't let an injured thumb stop him from helping Boston's cause

Updated: November 7, 2013, 1:18 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The first day of spring training, Red Sox newcomer Jonny Gomes was unpacking his things in the clubhouse when an animated Dustin Pedroia grabbed him by the jersey.

"We gotta win, man. You understand?" Pedroia said. "I don't want to go through what we did last year.

"It's the first time I was ever on a losing team in my entire life, and I'm not going through that ever again. OK?"

Gomes, who had worked out for years with Pedroia during the offseason in Arizona, sized ...

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