Red Sox acquire versatile Eric Patterson from Oakland

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The Red Sox lost second baseman Dustin Pedroia on Friday to a fractured foot.  On Saturday they lessened the blow of that loss, aggressively acquiring utilityman Eric Patterson from the A’s in exchange for minor league left-hander Fabian Williamson.  This according to the Boston Herald.

Williamson isn’t much of a catch for Oakland.  Since coming over from Seattle in a 2009 trade involving David Aardsma, the 21-year-old southpaw has made very little progress in the minor league ranks.  He had a 3.72 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP through 65.1 innings for Single-A Salem at the time of Saturday’s swap and has never even sniffed Double-A.  He may have trouble working his way up the ladder to the major leagues.

Patterson is no prize, either, but he has played some second base in the big leagues and can fill in for Pedroia at the position until the Red Sox come up with a better alternative.  He was hitting just .204/.255/.408 with 11 extra-base hits in 103 at-bats when the A’s designated him for assignment last week.

Video: Corey Dickerson breaks scoreless tie with walk-off home run

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Neither the Pirates nor the Tigers could manage any offense during Thursday afternoon’s game at PNC Park. That is, until outfielder Corey Dickerson launched a walk-off solo home run off of Alex Wilson with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Dickerson, 28, has been solid for the Pirates for the first month of the season. He’s batting .314/.348/.500 with a pair of home runs, 13 RBI, and 13 runs scored in 92 plate appearances. The Pirates acquired him from the Rays in late February in exchange for journeyman pitcher Daniel Hudson and Single-A infielder Tristan Gray.