Pedroia shows Red Sox the way

Speaks loudly and carries a big stick in powering Boston to first win of season

Updated: April 8, 2011, 10:04 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- And on the seventh day, the Nation exhaled.

Dustin Pedroia promised that the Red Sox weren't going to go 0-162, and then performed the anatomically impossible feat of placing the rest of the team on his size XS shoulders during the team's first win of the season, 9-6 over the Yankees in the Fenway opener on Friday. Pedroia homered in the first, ripping his elbow pad off as he circled the bases, delivered a two-run single in Boston's five-run second, made a daring slide home in ...

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