Farrell on Rivera: 'Incredible compliment'

BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia made himself scarce in the clubhouse before Tuesday’s game, so his reaction to Mariano Rivera's high praise will have to wait.

Red Sox manager John Farrell did weigh in.

“Not surprising,’’ Farrell said. “I think [it’s] an incredible compliment from your opponent across the field, and maybe allows us to take a step back and really appreciate -- I don’t want to say what we take for granted, but what we see day in and day out.’’

Rivera, in a book, “The Closer,” that went on sale Tuesday, was hugely complimentary of Pedroia.

“Nobody plays harder, gives more, wants to win more. He comes at you hard for 27 outs. It's a special thing to see," the former Yankee closer wrote of Pedroia, according to an excerpt published in the New York Daily News.

Rivera added: "If I have to win one game, I'd have a hard time taking anybody over Dustin Pedroia as my second baseman."