Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/3/12

Boston Red Sox Dustin Pedroia reacts after strinkng out in the ninth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York City on September 26, 2009. The Yankees defeated the Red Sox 3-0. UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

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Broken finger? No problem for Dustin Pedroia. Despite being diagnosed one day earlier with an avulsion fracture of his left ring finger, Pedroia got medical clearance and talked his way into the last-place Boston Red Sox's lineup Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. "I love playing, man. It's fun," Pedroia said. "I get to compete for two more games, and then I've got to sit around for six months and wait until I get to do it again. Why not? What else am I going to do? Go home and play football with my 3-year-old?" Pedroia insisted Tuesday he felt more comfortable gripping and swinging a bat. And because doctors assured him he couldn't exacerbate the injury, why not help the Red Sox put up greater resistance to the New York Yankees' pursuit of the AL East title? The plan wasn't entirely successful, as the Yankees rallied for a 4-3, 12-inning win. In the first inning, Pedroia lined an RBI double to the gap in right-center that drove home Jacoby Ellsbury from first base. Talk a...
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