And he’s into the idea:
“They’ve asked me if I think I could play shortstop,” Pedroia says.
“They’ve put it out there and I’ve told them I’m all for it. I can do
it. I can’t wait for Tito [Terry Francona] to call me and ask, ‘Can you
do it?’ I can do it. I really want to do it.”
Pedroia was a shortstop at Arizona State and played a bit of short in the minors, but he was bumped off the position by Hanley Ramirez in the Sox system — himself no great defensive shakes — and has only played six games at short in the majors. Moving to the left on the defensive spectrum is a tough nut to crack, and the odds don’t favor success.
But it’s worth a try, right? I mean, it’s way easier to find a decent second baseman out on the market than a shortstop.
(Thanks to Jason at IIATMS for the heads up.)
Athletics southpaw Sean Manaea delivered his first career no-hitter against the Red Sox in a decisive 3-0 victory on Saturday night. Any thought of a perfect game was banished in the first at-bat, when Mookie Betts drew a leadoff six-pitch walk to open the first inning. From there, Manaea was nearly flawless, holding the Sox to four total baserunners and striking out 10 of 30 batters faced — a career record.
Manaea was gifted a three-run lead thanks to RBI doubles from Jed Lowrie and Stephen Piscotty and Marcus Semien‘s solo shot off of Chris Sale in the fifth inning. While the Red Sox managed to draw two walks off of Manaea, they didn’t come anywhere close to plating a run. Andrew Benintendi tried to break up the no-no in the sixth inning with an infield hit down the first base line, but strayed out of bounds and later saw his hit reversed on a call of batter interference.
Entering the ninth inning, the 26-year-old lefty was sitting at just 95 pitches through eight frames of no-hit ball. He quickly deposed Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts with a groundout and fly out, then walked Benintendi on seven pitches. Any threat the Red Sox might have posed was soon eliminated, however, as Hanley Ramirez ground into a force out to complete the no-hitter.
Manaea is the first A’s pitcher to toss a no-no since Dallas Braden’s perfect game against the Rays eight years ago. The last time the Red Sox were on the losing end of a no-hitter was also against an AL West rival, when the Mariners’ Chris Bosio clinched a 2-0 no-no on April 22, 1993. Manaea’s feat is even more outstanding given how dominant the Red Sox have looked this season: prior to Saturday’s defeat, they boasted a 17-2 record and had yet to be shut out during the regular season.