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Dustin Pedroia taken to hospital after being hit by pitch

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 17: Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) runs back to the dugout in the first inning of a MLB baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox on June 17, 2017 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX. Houston Astros defeated Boston Red Sox 7-1. (Photo by Juan DeLeon/Icon Sportswire)
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Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was taken to the hospital after he was hit by a pitch during the Red Sox’s 6-5 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday night, according to ESPN.com.

Pedroia was drilled in the ribs by a pitch from right-hander James Hoyt in the seventh inning. Between frames, things got worse and Pedroia’s range of motion became compromised.

“The pitch hit in the left lat area, left rib cage. It continued to swell and tighten up,” said Boston manager John Farrell. “He was losing a lot of range of motion with the left arm, so we had to get him off his feet. We’ll have a better read once he goes through the exam here at the local hospital.”

Right before Hoyt plunked Pedroia, he hit Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts in the knee.

Home plate umpire Greg Gibson issued warnings to both benches after Pedroia was hit, as Pedroia yelled back at Holt.

The 33-year-old currently owns a slash line of .296/.368/.376 with two home runs and 25 RBI over 244 plate appearances.

While his batting average and on-base percentage are in line with his respective career averages of .301 and .366, his slugging percentage is a bit low. Normally a doubles machine, he has only recorded 11 doubles so far to go along with his limited home run output.

The Red Sox are now 39-30 and sit just one game behind the slumping New York Yankees for first place in the American League East Division. The Yankees have lost six games in a row.

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