Aroldis Chapman offically topped out at 102.7 miles per hour

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During his much-anticipated debut last night the radar gun used for the Reds’ television broadcast clocked Aroldis Chapman at 102 and 103 miles per hour on back-to-back pitches, and amazingly the gun wasn’t even “hot.”
MLB.com has released the official PitchF/X data and Chapman topped out at 102.7 mph, which ties him with two different Joel Zumaya pitches from last season for the highest velocity ever recorded by the three-year-old system.
Chapman averaged 100.3 mph on the six fastballs he threw, which is insane. To put that in some context, before going down with a season-ending elbow injury Zumaya posted the highest average fastball velocity in baseball this year at 99.3 mph. Henry Rodriguez is second at 98.3 mph, followed by Daniel Bard at 97.9 and Stephen Strasburg at 97.3. No one else averages above 97 mph.
Wow.

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.