Apr 11, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis (20) reacts after striking out in the 9th inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays beat the Red Sox 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
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Pedroia said he doesn't get what Valentine was talking about when speaking on Sunday in an interview in reference to Youkilis.
"I know that Youk plays as hard as anybody I've ever seen in my life,"Pedroia said. "I have his back, and his teammates have his back. We know how hard he plays. I don't really understand what Bobby's trying to do. But that's really not the way we go about our stuff here. I'm sure he'll figure that out soon."
The second baseman then expounded.
"We've got Youk's back. He's played his [butt] off for us for a long time. Anytime he steps on the field, he's a great player. We're here to win, and we're here to win with him."
Valentine might be in danger of losing the locker room even in the midst of a mini-turn around. The Sox have won three straight, but if Valentine doesn't right the ship it could get ugly in a hurry.