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PEORIA , Ariz. (AP) —fense, but his offense hasn’t suffered at all.Mejia hit a three-run homer off Texas’ Mike Minor on Thursday. The switch-hitting catcher, who connected from the right side, has reached base in all nine of his Cactus League games. He’s batting .474 (9 for 19) with two homers and three doubles.“It’s a good start. He’s had some really good at-bats, some good swings,” manager Andy Green said Thursday.Mejia said he’s tried to stay patient at the plate, but his main focus has been behind the plate. He has a strong arm, but blocking pitches and working with the staff are areas where he’s been asked to improve.“Ever since last season ended, I’ve been working on my defense,” Mejia said through a translator. “I’m focusing on that to make sure I’m getting better.”Mejia was a top prospect in the Cleveland organization. But the Indians had some uncertainty over his ability to play behind the plate and gave him trials at third base and in the outfield. Cleveland ultimately traded the 23-year-old in a deal for All-Star reliever Brad Hand.The move gave Mejia a fresh start at catcher.“I was excited to be able to go back and play the position that I’ve always played,” Mejia said.For the Padres Larry Doby Jersey , Mejia’s presence offers a challenge to incumbent Austin Hedges, a stellar defender who has struggled to hit. Hedges’ offense improved after Mejia was acquired — he hit 10 of his 14 homers following the deal.Mejia managed to get into a few games for the Padres late in the season, hitting three homers including a walk-off grand slam against the Rangers on Sept. 18.He could start the season with San Diego or at Triple-A El Paso.“Wherever the team decides I’m going to be, I’m going to work on the areas where I need to improve,” Mejia said. 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,” 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 Bob Feller Jersey , 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, 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, 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.”

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