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Dustin Pedroia on MFB: ‘We plan on turning this thing around’

05.27.14 at 1:34 pm ET
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Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia joined WEEI’s new Middays with MFB show on Tuesday to discuss the state of the Red Sox. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

The Sox snapped their 10-game losing streak on Monday with an 8-6 come-from-behind win over the Braves, something Pedroia hopes will be a turning point in what has been a difficult start to the season.

“It was a big win for us. We’ve definitely been grinding lately,” Pedroia said. “It’€™s a step in the right direction. We’ve got a long way to go, and we plan on turning this thing around and winning a lot of ball games.”

Pedroia attributed much of the Sox’ struggles over this stretch to a series of misfortunes.

“It’€™s been tough. All the guys, we’€™re in it together,” he said. “We’€™re family. We’€™re on the flight together talking about how to pull ourselves out of it, try any way we can. We have a lot of things that didn’t go our way during the 10 games. The couple of games in Tampa, a couple of balls that go over [Brock Holt'€™s] head, a bloop single over my head and one mistake leads to three, four runs, and that kind of stuff had been happening throughout.

“You look at the big picture, there’€™s 162 games and guess what, those breaks are going to change. One of these games I’€™m going to chop a ball at home plate and it’€™s going to go over the third baseman’€™s head for a double and then [David Ortiz] is going to hit a home run. We’€™re going to start getting the breaks and it’€™s going to start turning around. We got to believe in that.”

Another element that has downed the Sox of late is some inconsistency at the plate. In particular, they have failed to find a regular lineup that has worked favorably for them. That has put multiple players, including Pedroia, at different spots in the order on a nightly basis. The second baseman has found himself hitting anywhere from leadoff to third.

“It’€™s what can I do to help out,” he said. “Coming into the year, we had a leadoff hitter for seven years in [Jacoby Ellsbury] and I always hit usually right behind him or I’€™d hit third and then David. So obviously when Jacoby left we tried to mix and match a little bit, and then [Shane Victorino'€™s] had some injuries this year so we’€™re trying to find some consistency at the top.

“It doesn’t matter. Wherever we’€™re at in the lineup we’ve got to find a way to be consistent. That’€™s the problem. You can say what you want about that we need to keep the same or whatever. We’€™ll keep the lineup the same when we get consistent performance. That includes me, David, everybody. It isn’t one guy.”

Despite all of the Sox’ struggles, Pedroia said they are still good enough to content with the roster they have.

“I think every game that we play and we show up, I feel we have a great chance of winning every night,” he said. “Even though we lost 10 games in a row, we won yesterday, we came back, it showed the fight in our team. Every time we show up I feel like we’€™re going to show up and win.”

Playing alongside Pedroia throughout this stretch has been Xander Bogaerts. The 21-year-old shortstop has had his ups and downs in the field this year, prompting the Red Sox to bring back Stephen Drew as a reinforcement. Regardless, Pedroia has been impressed with what he’s seen from Bogaerts.

“Everything we’ve asked him to do he’€™s been able to accept that challenge,” Pedroia said. “Great teammate. If we ask him to move to third when Stephen’€™s coming, he’€™ll just put a smile on his face. Anything to help our team win and make us better.

“I’€™m pretty proud of him from the first game to now, the way he’€™s improved in every aspect of the game, understanding the game. He’€™s going to be a star for a long time for us.”

Following are more highlights from the interview. For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.

On the struggles of pitcher Clay Buchholz: “It’€™s like any of our guys. I think Clay needs to know that if we’€™re going to go where you want to go, he going to be a big part of it. This guy’€™s got electric stuff.

“Everybody’€™s confidence gets down at times, my confidence gets down at times where the game speeds up on you. … I would just tell him they are going to go your way. You just keep working, keep grinding, you’ve got a lot more starts, a long way to go. But if we’€™re going to get back in this thing and do what we want to do, he’€™s got to be a big part of it.”

On the scuffle that ensued after the Rays’ Yunel Escobar stole third base Sunday: “I didn’t have a problem with him stealing third base, I just had a problem with him yelling at our dugout. The way I play, I would never once think about turning to the Rays dugout and think about yelling at Joe Madden. I would never yell at David Price. I have too much respect for their team and just competing against them. That was the only thing I had a problem with.”

On Jon Lester and his current contract situation: “Everybody has seen what Jon Lester‘€™s done in a Red Sox uniform. Every time he has the ball it’€™s a good feeling. If we have a big game to pitch, guess who’€™s pitching it? Jon Lester. I love playing behind him. He’€™s going to compete until the last out is made. You want to go to work with guys like that every day, and I sure hope he’€™s here with me the rest of our careers together.”

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