Dustin Pedroia has some explaining to do. Maybe he can clarify everything. Maybe he called Matt Barnes on Monday to explain what he meant when he told Manny Machado on the field for all the cameras to capture, “It’s not me, it’s them.” But the most prominent voice in the Red Sox clubhouse in a post-David Ortiz world definitely has some explaining to do. Let’s remember Pedroia’s words in 2012 during a radio interview with WEEI. The second baseman revisited famous comments he made about Bobby Valentine that season, when Pedroia spoke up in defense of Kevin Youkilis after Valentine was critical of Youk. “I’m proud to a point where, you know, to be a team leader, you need to have your teammates’
Bumgarner joined the team Monday at AT&T Park before it began its series with the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. While Bumgarner’s injury didn’t require surgery, he did have a second MRI on Monday, yet the Giants still don’t have a firm timetable for his return. Bumgarner says he's feeling a little better each day.
Thad Levine's first road trip as general manager of the Minnesota Twins is an emotional experience. With the Twins in Texas for a three-game series, Levine is back where he spent the previous 11 seasons as an assistant general manager and helped put together two World Series teams. Levine became Minnesota's general manager after last season, following his time with the Rangers working with general manager Jon Daniels.