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Dustin Pedroia finally gets the better of Dan Wheeler

02.21.11 at 5:55 pm ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — It seemed like just another round of early-spring training batting practice, with Dustin Pedroia pitting his skills against Dan Wheeler. But, no. It evidently marked a much more significant moment.

Pedroia, you see, has faced Wheeler 10 times and has never managed a single hit.

That’s why when the Red Sox second baseman lined what would have been a base-hit into the outfield of Field 5 at the team’s minor-league training facility, it was a momentous occasion.

“I got one off of him! I got one!” Pedroia yelled, after notching the hit. “Finally!”

Wheeler knew exactly why such a seemingly innocuous moment elicited such a definitive reaction.

“You kind of know what’€™s going on, but you don’€™t really talk about. But he mentioned something to me that he was glad he’€™s on his team,” the reliever later said. “It was good fun.”

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