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Pedroia preserves Red Sox shutout

Even in hitting slump, second baseman's value and dedication show through

Updated: May 30, 2010, 1:29 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia were sitting in the Red Sox dugout prior to Saturday night's game and watched as the grounds crew prepared to put the tarp over the field at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox teammates had just completed a session of early batting practice and with the field ready to be covered, that meant no BP for either the Red Sox or the Royals. As Ortiz and Pedroia sat there and talked baseball, Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale yelled from the fungo circle: "Dustin, ...

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