Red Sox

Dustin Pedroia still a presence as he continues road back

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Yet another ping-pong game is underway in the middle of the Red Sox clubhouse and Dustin Pedroia is watching the action from in front of his locker.

“Eddie,’’ says Pedroia, shaking his head in mock disappointment at Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez, trailing badly to yet another opponent. “Eddie, what am I supposed to tell my kids? I tell them all the time that if they want to be good at something, they have to practice.’’

Pedroia is working toward the punch-line, and the rest of the room seems to understand what’s coming.