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Dustin Pedroia not blaming Bobby Valentine for 2012: ‘He didn’t play. We lost those games’

02.12.13 at 10:30 am ET

FORT MYERS, Fla. — One true sign of leadership is taking responsibility. Dustin Pedroia did that Tuesday when asked about Bobby Valentine and the 2012 Red Sox that went 69-93.

“No, none,” Pedroia said when asked about the impact Valentine had on the team. “He didn’t play. It’s the players. Bobby didn’t go out there and get any hits, make any errors or do any of that. We lost those games. It’s on us.”

Pedroia took offense when Valentine criticized Kevin Youkilis early in the season before Valentine and Pedroia worked out their differences.

“Yeah, it was difficult,” Pedroia said of the 2012 season. “We had a tough time. We lost a lot of games. I think everybody is motivated to make sure that doesn’t happen again. We have to do everything better than we did last year. We have a lot of new guys. I think a lot of guys are excited. There are going to be a lot of different things going on. Guys have to do what they do and don’t try to do too much.”

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As for working again with new manager John Farrell, someone he knew from 2007-10?

“That was one of the things when he was here before, he was always communicating with guys and open about your role. You knew what you were going to do that day. That definitely helps,” Pedroia said.

Another pain of 2012 was quite physical for Pedroia, the left and right hand injuries that limited him to 141 games. He still managed to hit .290 with 15 home runs.

“It was fine,” Pedroia said. “I had a pin in my [left] pinkie for about four weeks and they took it out. It was no big no deal. My thumb and other finger healed in about six weeks. I was fine.”

As for the offseason, Pedroia spent it in a program he called, “straight body build.”

Pedroia is also pumped and jacked about newcomers like David Ross, Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew and Shane Victorino.

“I thought the moves were great,” Pedroia said. “We added a lot of personality to the team. These guys, Jonny Gomes, there are guys that are going to bring a lot of energy to the clubhouse and team, a lot of positive stuff and everyone is excited for everything.”

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