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Dustin Pedroia with the great diving play (GIF)


For all of the hype about the 2013 Boston Red Sox rallying together, growing beards, playing the game the right way, having a bunch of momentum, etc. on their way to the World Series, a huge part of their immediate turnaround from a bad 2012 was their run prevention.

Much of that was the improved pitching staff under manager John Farrell, but the team’s ability to play good defense should not be overlooked. High on the list of solid defenders would be the leaping, energetic Dustin Pedroia at second base.

Who’s going to question those jumps before the pitch when he makes plays like the one he did Wednesday night to rob J.J. Hardy of a hit?

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The stop is great and the throw is better from Pedroia.

See also: David Ortiz smashes a two-run home run off Ubaldo Jimenez (GIF)

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