If the Red Sox thought the contract extension they gave Dustin Pedroia would keep him in Boston for the rest of his career, they may have actually underestimated the tenacity that made the 5-foot-8, 165-pound second baseman a star.
"I don't know if I'll be done by then, man. I feel good, dude," he said after signing an eight-year, $110 million extension that would keep him in a Red Sox uniform until he's 38. "Maybe I haven't had my growth spurt, and I'll get taller."
The Red Sox announced their deal with the 2008 AL MVP on Wednesday. At a table set up in front of the team's dugout, GM Ben Cherington, manager John Farrell and Pedroia talked about Pedroia's contributions as a hitter, fielder and leader.
"He's the straw that stirs the drink," Farrell said. "He sets the tone for our workday. There's a pretty strong sentiment that if you practice at full speed, you're going to become a better player."
SELIG PRAISES PED EFFORT: Commissioner Bud Selig defended baseball's fight against performance-enhancing drugs, though he declined to discuss the recent suspension of Brewers LF Ryan Braun or whether other stars will face penalties.
A-ROD IN tampa: Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez reported back to the minor-league complex in Tampa three days after he was diagnosed with a strained left quadriceps. Rodriguez is recovering from January hip surgery.
MANAGER HAS STROKE: Mariners manager Eric Wedge, 45, suffered a "very mild stroke" that forced him to miss a three-game series against Cleveland but was well enough to be released from the hospital.
KEMP OUT AGAIN: The Dodgers placed CF Matt Kemp on the disabled list for the third time this season, this time with a sprained left ankle.
UPGRADE APPROVED: Chicago's City Council gave final approval to a $500 million renovation of historic Wrigley Field that includes its first Jumbotron, improved facilities for the players in the 99-year-old ballpark and a hotel across the street.
TWINS FOR MAUER: Twins C Joe Mauer welcomed, amazingly enough, twin girls this week, the first children for him and wife Maddie.
A'S: LF Yoenis Cespedes, who hadn't played since the All-Star break because of a wrist injury, returned to the lineup.
BLUE JAYS: RHP Brandon Morrow, who hasn't pitched since May 28, is set for more tests on his sore right forearm.
NATIONALS: LF Bryce Harper and SS Ian Desmond sat out for at least one game. Harper recently had treatment on his troublesome left knee, and Desmond is out with a left hand blister.
PHILLIES: Former Pasco High standout Domonic Brown, the team leader in home runs and RBIs, was evaluated for concussion-like symptoms.
TIGERS: 3B Miguel Cabrera sat out for the second straight night because of a left hip flexor injury.