Boston Red Sox defeat Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-2

BOSTON—Mired in a slump, Dustin Pedroia had an MRI on his right knee to see if that might be causing his problem.

The test was negative.

The results were positive.

"I think when he had his knee checked out, that was good for him. He knew he wasn't hurting himself," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said after Pedroia homered to help Boston beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 on Wednesday night. "He's just a good player. You wind him up, and let him go play. He'll produ...

Dustin Pedroia was loose before the game, as he is before most games. He spent a half-hour sitting in the dugout cracking up with some teammates, when an opportunity appeared. A reporter was live, on air, in the dugout, and Pedroia had his target. The bag of sunflower seeds hit, not a surprising development, as most of what Pedroia has set out to hit of late has been right in his zone.

That continued once the game began, as Pedroia hit the fifth pitch he saw just over t...

The Arizona Diamondbacks are not a particularly good team. But they are one of the better hitting teams in the National League, among the leaders in runs, home runs, and walks.

Jon Lester figured that out quickly last night. After one trip through the order, he had given up two runs and several loud hits, including a home run by Justin Upton that appeared headed for Kenmore Square as it left the park.

“He was kind of fighting himself a little bit,’’ Red Sox manager T...