- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

FORT MYERS, FLA. (AP) - Dustin Pedroia had a hit and an RBI in his first game since straining an abdominal muscle 10 days ago while playing for the United States, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-4 Friday.

Pedroia’s teammate, J.D. Drew, was taken for X-rays after being hit by a pitch from Donnie Veal on his right hand in the fifth inning. The Red Sox said he has a bruise and is day to day.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona skipped the game to attend his son Nick’s graduation from Marine Corps Officer Candidates School in Quantico, Va. Bench coach Brad Mills ran the club.

Pittsburgh starter Jeff Karstens gave up four runs on three hits and three walks in three innings.

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