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Dustin Pedroia thrilled to be back

Updated: August 18, 2010, 2:31 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia's game plan for his return to the Boston Red Sox lineup was about as basic as you can get.

"I'm just going to go in there and figure it out on the fly,'' said Pedroia, back after missing 44 games with a fractured navicular bone in his left foot.

Pedroia, coming back after a brief two-game rehab stint in Pawtucket over the weekend, received a thunderous ovation from a sellout crowd of 38,304 as he came to the plate for the first time, then lined ...

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