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Pedroia finds comfort level in two-hole

Pedroia finds comfort level in two-hole

TORONTO -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has begun to percolate hitting second in the Red Sox's lineup after struggling in the third spot.

Entering Wednesday's game at Rogers Centre, Pedroia was batting .371 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 62 at-bats from the No. 2 spot, where he was for the series finale against the Blue Jays. But in a brief trial as the No. 3 hitter, he hit .091 with no RBIs in 22 at-bats.

"It was kind of tough timing," Pedroia said. "[Manager Terry Francona] moved me into the third spot and I went into a little funk, and then he put me back into [the] second [spot] and I started swinging the bat better.

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"It doesn't have anything to do [with the spot in the order]. Guys go through four or five games of tough times."

When the Red Sox were recently struggling, Pedroia admits that the players, including himself, were putting too much pressure on themselves.

"We went through that time when we weren't swinging the bat well and weren't playing well, and everybody wanted to be the guy to help [the team] come out of it," said Pedroia. "When that stuff happens, you may as well take a step back and relax and try less. That's better."

Pedroia agreed that it was easier said than done, "especially for the guys we have. We have guys that care."

Larry Millson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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