"I like playing; it's fine," Pedroia told reporters before the game. Ellsbury had been out for six games with an undisclosed injury before returning on Saturday and Sunday. With the Sox trailing by three runs in the top of the eighth Sunday afternoon in Baltimore, the Orioles trying to remain in a first-place tie with the New York Yankees, Pedroia attempted to steal second base. It figures that Dustin Pedroia would be injured playing hard in a game that had little consequence for the Boston Red Sox but mattered to him because it mattered in the bigger picture and because he knows no other way to play. Heading into Monday night's game against the Yankees, in which Lavarnway was in the lineup as the designated hitter, he was hitting .170 with two homers and 12 RBIs. Lavarnway struggling to find groove at plate NEW YORK Known as an offensive-minded catcher, Ryan Lavarnway has actually fared better defensively since being promoted by the Red Sox from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was in the lineup Tuesday against the New York Yankees despite a broken finger on his left hand that the team thought would sideline him for the final two games of the season.