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Pedroia, Victorino appreciate Gold Glove recognition

Pedroia, Victorino appreciate Gold Glove recognition


BOSTON -- Even though Dustin Pedroia and Shane Victorino had won multiple Gold Glove Awards before being recognized again for their defensive excellence on Tuesday night, they were both grateful for the honor.

Before Game 6 of the World Series, Pedroia and Victorino held a joint press conference.

Pedroia also won Gold Gloves in 2008 and '11.

"Yeah, it's definitely a huge honor," Pedroia said. "I mean, there's so many great second basemen in the American League. So to win that award is an honor. We play against them every night. You see them out there and you respect them so much the way they play the game, all of them. It's a huge honor."

Victorino won three straight Gold Gloves for the Phillies as a center fielder from 2008-10. But this one was his first in the American League, and first as a right fielder.

"I think it means a lot," Victorino said. "More than anything, I think the magnitude of moving to right field, the magnitude of playing in Fenway Park. Everybody talked about how hard Fenway Park in right field was to play. I've always worked hard on my defense. And I've always taken pride in my defense, just like Dustin has and the rest of this team collectively. I think there's a lot of other guys that are deserving of a Gold Glove."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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