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The Opening Day staredown between Dustin Pedroia and Orioles starter Chris Tillman lasted 11 pitches, and in the end the wind came out the victor.
But with every pitch Pedroia fouled off in the fifth inning — and he burned off seven of Tillman’s best offerings in a row — it was like Pedroia was proving a point.
Tillman emptied out every pitch in his pockets trying to put Pedroia away, but Pedroia stretched the at-bat until he finally got another fastball.
“I’m always sitting fastball, man,” he said.
Pedroia’s eyes lit up on the 11th pitch and he shot it out to the Southwest Airlines sign in right-center field. An angry 19-mile-per-hour wind kept it in the park.