Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer Scott Lauber covers the Boston Red Sox for ESPN.com. Follow on Twitter BALTIMORE — In the end, Dustin Pedroia might have been spooked as much as he was spiked. While several Boston Red Sox players and even manager John Farrell seethed late Friday night over a hard, high slide into second base by Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado, Pedroia walked through the clubhouse gingerly but without a limp or a noticeable scrape on the back of his left calf. Although the Red Sox second baseman surely will be sore Saturday morning, there’s also a decent chance he’s back in the lineup in the evening, lucky to escape a serious injury after having his surgically repaired knee
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• FIELD: Playing this week. • COURSE: TPC Louisiana, 7,425 yards, par 72. Something of an anomaly among Pete Dye creations, the course already ranked among the PGA TOUR’s top third to take it low before the format change that will debut two-man teams this year. Winding through some 250 acres of Louisiana wetlands among stands of cypress and oak trees, Dye and consultant Steve Elkington added more than 100 bunkers and five ponds to increase the challenge. Several large waste bunkers also are featured early in the back nine. The Zurich Classic relocated there in 2005, though flooding a year later forced a one-time return to English Turn G&CC. • FEDEXCUP: Winning partners receive 400 points apiece. • CHARITY: The Fore!Kids Foundation, which has given more than $30 million to children’s service organizations in Louisiana since its inception in 1958. Charitable distributions focus primarily on healthcare and education, with contributions to more than 110 outlets last year. • FIELD WATCH: Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, last year’s Olympic gold and silver medalists, and Jason Day/Rickie Fowler are the marquee duos under the new tandem format. Others of note: Jordan Spieth/Ryan Palmer, Branden Grace/Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson/J.B. Holmes. … In all, 12 of the top 25 players in the world rankings will tee it up, though only Rose/Stenson and Day/Fowler place both members in that stratosphere. … Bobby Wyatt, fourth last year on a sponsor exemption, is back with partner Trey Mullinax. … Brooks Koepka returns after a two-year absence to play with his brother. Chase Koepka is a member of Europe’s Challenge Tour, the same path big brother took to the big stage. • 72-HOLE RECORD: 262, Chip Beck (1988 at Lakewood CC). TPC Louisiana record: 266, Justin Rose (2015). • 18-HOLE RECORD: 61, Paul Stankowski (1st round, 2001 at English Turn G&CC). TPC Louisiana record: 62, Ben Martin (1st round, 2014). • LAST YEAR: Brian Stuard held steadiest through a marathon slog that required five days to play 56 holes, beating Jamie Lovemark and Byeong-Hun An in a playoff for his first PGA TOUR win. Stuard never trailed after his opening 8-under-par 64, going bogey-free for the entire week as challengers rose and fell. More than 4 ½ inches of rain fell during the tournament, forcing delays on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday before the decision was made to shorten to 54 holes. Stuard’s closing 69 wasn’t even among the top 20 scores from the final round, but it was enough to get to extra holes with An (65) and Lovemark (68). An misplayed two approach shots on the first playoff hole, and Lovemark found a muddy miss left of the green one hole later. • STORYLINES: Team competition returns to the TOUR for the first time in 3 ½ decades, going back to the 1981 Walt Disney World Team Championship. Tandems will play alternate-shot on Thursday and Saturday; best-ball on Friday and Sunday. … FedExCup points and prize money are split as though partners tied. For instance, champions divvy up the 500 points usually given to a tournament winner and 300 for second place – coming out to 400 points each. … Rose and Stenson already have tasted success as a duo, posting a 4-2 mark as a European Ryder Cup pairing. They went 3-0 in 2014, during which they set a Ryder Cup record with 12 birdies in a four-balls match. … Will the new format change the trend of first-time winners? Stuard was the fourth in the past five editions to make the Zurich Classic his first PGA TOUR victory. • SHORT CHIPS: Louisiana native David Toms, whose 2001 win over Phil Mickelson foretold a PGA Championship reprise, is absent for the first time since 2008. He owns 23 starts in his home-state event. … It’s the last chance for players to gain a berth in THE PLAYERS Championship by moving into the top 10 in FedExCup points or top 50 of the world rankings. One last spot will be held for the winner of next week’s Wells Fargo Championship, if not already in. … Statistical oddity: You have to go back 122 holes to see a bogey from an eventual Zurich Classic winner. Before Stuard’s bogey-free performance last year, Rose played his final 66 holes in 2015 without giving a shot back to par. • TELEVISION: Thursday-Friday, 3:30-6:30 p.m. ET (Golf Channel). Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m. (GC), 3-6 p.m. (CBS). • PGA TOUR LIVE: Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (featured groups), 3:30-6:30 p.m. (featured holes). Click here to sign up for PGA TOUR LIVE. • RADIO: Thursday-Friday, 1-7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1-6 p.m. (PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.com). For more on all the courses in the TPC network, visit TPC.com.
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia injured his left leg and needed to be helped off the field after Orioles third baseman Manny Machado slid into him trying to break up a double play in the eighth inning of Boston’s 2-0 loss to Baltimore on Friday night.
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