California Man Arrested for Threatening AL MVP Pedroia

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A Northern California man has been arrested after threats were made against the family of Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

Police in Woodland, about 20 miles northwest of Sacramento, booked 47-year-old Kenneth Samuels into Yolo County Jail after tracing a call made Friday to the Pedroia family tire business.

Police would not disclose the nature of the threat, and jail records do not list an attorney for Samuels.

The American League MVP riled Woodland residents this month after he made disparaging comments about his hometown during an interview with Boston magazine.

Pedroia was quoted as calling the town "a dump" and saying everyone there wants to leave. He backed away from the comments in a subsequent interview with The Sacramento Bee, saying he had been joking and that his remarks were taken out of context.

Woodland Police Lt. Charles Wilts says it isn't clear if the threat was about Pedroia's comments to the magazine or about his older brother, who faces child molestation charges.