Pedro Works on Breaking
March 11, 2002
Texas Rangers v. Boston Red Sox
City of Palms Park, Ft. Myers, Florida
Box Score and play-by-play of Pedro's Innings
Sox, Rangers play to tie
Jesse Sanchez, mlb.com
The Rangers and Red Sox played to an 8-8 tie at City of Palms Park Monday, as their Spring Training game was called after 10 innings. In his second start of the spring, Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez gave up three hits, three earned runs and two walks in 2.2 innings. Rangers starter Ismael Valdes gave up four runs and five hits in 4.2 innings. He is the first Texas pitcher to pitch into the fifth inning this spring.
Manny Ramirez and Tony Clark each homered for Boston, while Jason Hart and Jason Maxwell each hit home runs for Texas. Maxwell's homer in the ninth tied the score at 8-8. Ramirez finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI. Hart finished 2-for-2 with one run scored and two RBIs. ... Second baseman Carlos Baerga continues to make a strong push for a roster spot. He finished 1-for-2 with one RBI. ... Ramirez connected for his first home run of the spring on Monday. ... Clark smacked his third home run of the spring in the fifth inning.
works on curve
Ian Browne, mlb.com
Pedro Martinez walking off the mound in the third inning with a rally in progress is not something Red Sox fans ordinarily like to see. But in Spring Training, it wasn't anything anyone -- especially not Martinez -- was worried about. ... "No, I was just trying to work on my breaking ball. I continued to throw them even though I missed and missed and missed. I knew I could get the outs if I needed to, but I just wanted to work on my pitches and get my work in. The results are overrated. We don't really care about those right now."
The bottom line was that he felt no pain in the shoulder that made last season so frustrating. "I feel healthy," said Martinez, "I feel stronger every time out. I feel good and that's what matters."
steers himself through curves
Bob Hohler, Boston Globe
Fear not, Red Sox fans. Sometimes there is more to reality than a box score, as Pedro Martinez's third outing of spring training reflected. His pitching line yesterday was not pretty - three runs on three hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings - but no one was complaining, particularly Martinez. ... But Martinez said he wasn't really pitching, just working on refining his curveball. He said Cubbage and pitching coach Ralph Treuel wanted him to extend the inning a bit. He threw 50 pitches before he was done. ...
Martinez, who was pitching on five days' rest, will rest four days before his next start Saturday, most likely a split-squad game against the Yankees at City of Palms Park. ... Cubbage said the team plans to build up Martinez to 90-100 pitches per start before Opening Day. He has three more preseason outings.
breaks out: Martinez throws Rangers a curve
Jeff Horrigan, Boston Herald
"I'm feeling healthy and strong every time I come out. The results I don't care about.'' The three-time Cy Young Award winner came out when he reached his pre-set pitch limit of 50. He estimated that nearly half of his pitches in the final inning were breaking balls, but the tight, inconsistent strike zone of home plate umpire Adam Dowdy put him at a disadvantage. ...
His fastball speed was a consistent 92-94 mph for the second consecutive outing. Martinez is scheduled to throw 60 pitches in his next start on Saturday vs. the New York Yankees at City of Palms Park. The goal is to get him up to seven innings and 90-100 pitches by the end of camp. ... The game was halted after 10 innings due to Texas' shortage of remaining pitchers.
good, one bad
Sean McAdam, Providence Journal
Pedro Martinez had two strong innings before faltering in the third in his second Grapefruit League outing. ... "He threw good," said Mike Cubbage. "He was trying to throw his curveball for strikes, and he threw four in a row."
"The results -- I don't really care about," said Martinez. "I wanted to get my work in. I was trying to work on my breaking ball and I kept missing with it."
fails as Red Sox play tie
"They wanted me to work a little longer. That's why I continued to throw the breaking ball even though I knew I could get the guy out with fastballs or changeups or whatever," he said of Magruder's at-bat. "They didn't really want me to go out and get the 1-2-3 too easy."
Sox ace Martinez strong at first, but gets hit in third -- Interim manager
wanted star pitcher to get at least 50 pitches
Glenn Miller, Ft. Myers News-Press
On paper, it might not look that good. Boston Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez allowed three runs Monday in Bostonís 8-8 10-inning tie against the Texas Rangers before a standing-room only crowd of 7,986 at City of Palms Park. Red Sox interim manager Mike Cubbage took Martinez out of the game with two out in the third inning after Texas banged out three consecutive hits, including a two-run double by shortstop Alex Rodriguez. He wasnít taken out for performance reasons. It was a spring-training game and he had reached his 50-pitch limit for the day.
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