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Francona: I've always liked Scutaro

Says talk of switching Pedroia from second wasn't serious

Updated: December 5, 2009, 1:44 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic -- The idea of Dustin Pedroia moving to shortstop came up, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said here Friday night, while he and Theo Epstein were tossing out ideas one day. Not terribly serious, Francona insisted, though he admitted calling Pedroia to solicit his thoughts.

"Because of who he is," Francona said, "he probably could have handled it. … I called him, and the next day it all came out.

"I called him back and said, 'Pedey, you have ...

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