Dustin Pedroia hit his 100th career home run in grand fashion

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With zero homers over his first 28 games this season, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia entered last night’s action stuck on 99 home runs for his career. However, he finally busted out of his power drought when he took Athletics reliever Ryan Cook deep for a grand slam in the sixth inning. Not a bad way to reach a personal milestone.

Watch the video of the home run below:

The home run was reviewed for possible fan interference, but was eventually upheld. The Red Sox went on to defeat the Athletics 7-1.

Pedroia’s grand slam also pushed him to 503 RBI for his career. He’s the second player in franchise history to amass 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases, joining Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski.

2017 Preview: The American League East

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League East

Boston may have the most talent and, in Mookie Betts, the best player. The Yankees have the best farm system. Baltimore has all the dingers and the best closer. Toronto may have the best collection of heels, at least in the view of fans of the other AL East teams.  The Rays have the best . . . hmm. I’ll get back to you on that.

Anyway, here are our previews for the American League East:

Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.