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Red Sox Pedroia Lands On SI Cover

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Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is featured on this week's issue of Sports Illustrated. (Courtesty Sports Illustrated)

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is featured on this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated. (Courtesty Sports Illustrated)

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BOSTON (CBS) –  Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has been hitting the cover off the ball, and it has landed him on one of the most famous covers in sports.

Pedroia graces the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated, with a feature by baseball writer Tom Verducci titled “Heart of the Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia.”

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Pedroia has been on fire since the calendar turned to June. He’s raised his batting average from .240 to .311, hitting .372 the last nine weeks.

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Since 1988, the Red Sox are the only team to feature players from all nine positions on the cover of Sports Illustrated (including a starting pitcher and closer).

Here are the Sox to be shown off on SI’s cover:

C Jason Varitek

1B Mo Vaughn

2B Dustin Pedroia and Mark Bellhorn

SS Nomar Garciaparra

3B Wade Boggs

LF Manny Ramirez

CF Johnny Damon

RF Dwight Evans

DH David Ortiz

SP Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez

C Jonathan Papelbon

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