Phils hold Amateur Lasik Night

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Stay classy, Philly:

A laser pointer was the weapon of choice for one Phils fan at Saturday’s game.

A fan at the Cards/Phillies game used a strategically placed laser
pointer to try and distract the St. Louis hitters. In the top of the
seventh inning the fan first used it on Julio Lugo, who eventually
struck out. Then the fan tried to distract Albert Pujols before umpire
Jim Wolf called time and tried to find the fan. Security went to the
section but the culprit was never caught, according to ESPN.

I think the dumbest thing about this is that someone felt that outside assistance was needed to render Julio Lugo ineffective.

Red Sox to activate Dustin Pedroia from disabled list on Friday

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Manager Alex Cora said that second baseman Dustin Pedroia will be activated from the disabled list on Friday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

Pedroia, 34, had cartilage restoration surgery on his left knee in late October. He played in only 105 games last season, batting .293/.369/.392 with seven home runs and 62 RBI in 463 plate appearances. His offensive stats were his worst since an abnormally-bad 2014 campaign.

The 34-15 Red Sox have baseball’s best record. Eduardo Nunez has mostly been handling second base in Pedroia’s place, hitting a disappointing .243/.261/.361 in 177 trips to the plate. He has also, by most metrics, played subpar defense at the position, so getting Pedroia back will be a boon.