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Pedroia feels at home again

A year after death threats, Red Sox star says it's great to be in Oakland

Updated: July 20, 2010, 8:51 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The last time the Boston Red Sox played the Oakland Athletics at the Coliseum, many of Dustin Pedroia's teammates did not want to be anywhere near him.

It was April 2009, when Pedroia, a native of Woodland, Calif., needed extra security at the ballpark and team hotel as he and his family received death threats after a story in Boston magazine quoted him calling his hometown "a dump."

Woodland is just 77 miles from Oakland, and Pedroia half-jokingly said he ...

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