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Dustin Pedroia says Red Sox will start winning after team meeting

BOSTON -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, addressing the media shortly after manager John Farrell conducted a team meeting, said Monday that the club will begin playing "winning baseball," even if the "only people who think we can do this are the 25 guys in here."

Pedroia, who has been the team's most consistent performer at the plate and in the field this season, said the team intends to "eliminate the distractions."

"We're worried about today's game," Pedroia said. "That's one thing that's going to start changing. We're not going to listen to you guys [media] bulls---. We're just going to play baseball. That's it."

Farrell touched on Pedroia's point about the team blocking out how the media is covering the team's performance.

"I don't know that I pay much attention to what's written or talked about," Farrell said. "I know it's all part of every major sports city. ... No one likes where we are, so that comes with the territory.''

After the Red Sox lost Monday night's game 4-2 to the Atlanta Braves for their seventh straight loss, they are now 11 games under .500 and nine games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East. Prior to Monday, the Sox ranked 12th in the AL in runs scored, last in runs allowed, last in ERA and tied for 10th in errors. They also ranked 12th in the number of outs made while running the bases.

Pedroia said he was confident that the Red Sox can start winning.

"It starts with our guys," he said. "Eliminate the distractions and go play together. Because the only people who think we can do this are the 25 guys in here. [I] think we're going to kind of stop listening to the other nonsense and worry about playing winning baseball. Today's game, play as hard as we can, try to win. If we win, we win. Next day, we'll worry about tomorrow's game."

Asked how much impact he believed distractions have had, Pedroia said, "I don't know. I just know that, starting today we're going to worry about this, playing today's game. That's it."

Pedroia also addressed the speculation that Farrell's job was in jeopardy.

"We're all in this together," Pedroia said. "I don't buy into this is one person's fault. We're all in this together. The past is the past. We dug ourselves our hole, and we're going to dig ourselves out of it.

"It starts with everybody together. It's not the manager, it's not the GM, it's not me, it's not David [Ortiz]. It's everybody together that's going to do that, and we're going to do it together. We're the only ones who think we can, and the only way we do it is if we all believe it and we do it ourselves."

Pedroia echoed a sentiment -- that no individual is to blame -- Ortiz articulated in an interview on Sunday that Farrell is not responsible for the team's current position.

Farrell emphasized the collective need to improve but was sure to include himself in response to Ortiz's comment.

"I appreciate what David said, but I'm in it with them," Farrell said. "Nobody is pointing the fingers at one side or the other; we collectively need to do better."