BOSTON (AP) — World Series MVP Steve Pearce says it was a “no-brainer” to return to the Red Sox for another year.“This was the place that I wanted to be Andrew Miller Jersey
,” he said on a conference call Monday, three days after agreeing to a $6.5 million, one-year deal with the defending champions. “The chemistry we had on and off the field, wanting to defend a title, that’s a big deal.”A 35-year-old journeyman who has played for seven teams — including the entire AL East — in a 12-year career, Pearce arrived in Boston at the end of June and spent most of this time with the Red Sox platooning at first base with Mitch Moreland.Pearce batted .279 in 50 games for Boston in the regular season, hitting seven homers — five of them against the New York Yankees, including three on Aug. 2. In five World Series games against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he batted .333 with three homers, two of them in the Game 5 clincher, to earn MVP honors.“The team I was on Tyler Naquin Jersey
, everything that was done there, bringing everybody back, it was a no-brainer for me,” Pearce said. “We just played different. It was great chemistry on this team, it’s where I wanted to play.”Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said he is glad to have Pearce and Moreland back for another year. Moreland is also scheduled to make $6.5 million next season, when he will turn 34.“We like where we are with Mitch and Steve at first base,” Dombrowski said when asked if the team considered a multiyear deal for Pearce. “We really felt for us, where we are as an organization, where they are in their careers, we really did want to hold it to one year.”Also Monday, Dombrowski said that second baseman Dustin Pedroia http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-cody-allen-jersey
, who missed all but three games last season with knee injury, is not expected to need surgery. The 2008 AL MVP will rehab through the middle of December and start running in January.“We’re hopeful he’ll be ready for the season,” Dombrowski said, adding that the plan meant the team probably would not have room for Ian Kinsler to return. “With that prognosis, we’re really as far as positional players pretty well set.” Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty ImagesMajor League Baseball is reportedly aware a Houston Astros employee was removed from an area near the Boston Red Sox dugout during Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.According to Danny Picard of Metro, security at Fenway Park removed the man who was in a media-credentialed area with a camera despite not having a media credential. The man said he worked for the Astros, and Picard cited sources who said another Astros employee told security the man was allowed to be by Boston's dugout even though he was ultimately banned from the spot.Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports noted the man is Kyle McLaughlin and provided more info about him:Jeff Passan JeffPassanKyle McLaughlin was caught in Cleveland and Boston pointing a cell phone at the opposing dugout. He is not listed publicly as an Astros employee, but photos obtained by Yahoo Sports show him wearing an Astros ID badge and flying on a private plane with an Astros logo. boa3jCFSJh"We are aware of the matter and it will be handled internally," MLB chief communications officer Pat Courtney said of the incident, per Picard.The report cited security sources who said they were previously warned about the man following Houston's victory over the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series.Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reported the Indians filed a complaint against the Astros after Game 3 of the ALDS, when security twice had to remove an employee with a cellphone camera they believed to be videotaping the Indians dugout.The Oakland Athletics also filed a complaint against the Astros in August Roberto Perez Jersey
, saying Houston had been stealing signs, per Passan, who noted the status or result of MLB's investigation into it is unknown.One American League executive toldNBC Sports'Evan Drellichon Tuesday:"The Astros are the Patriots of baseball."The Astros won Game 1 over the Red Sox easily, 7-2, behind ace Justin Verlander. He allowed two earned runs while striking out six in six innings of work, and Josh Reddick and Yuli Gurriel provided some of the offense with home runs.Despite the impressive performance from the defending World Series champions, the Red Sox bounced back in Game 2 to even the series at a game apiece and create a best-of-five situation. Tuesday's Game 3鈥攁long with Games 4 and 5鈥攁re in Houston.As for the incident, the Red Sox did not offer comment to Picard, with a spokesperson calling it "an MLB matter."