P. Martinez prepared to pitch in

As a reliever, he gives up 2 runs in inning of work

ALCS notebook

October 21, 2004|By Joe Christensen | Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF

NEW YORK - Why do it? That's the question Bostonians will be asking Red Sox manager Terry Francona today, once the hangover from all the celebrating subsides.

The Red Sox had an 8-1 lead at the seventh inning stretch last night, leaving them nine outs from the World Series, when out from the bullpen strolled Pedro Martinez.

To that point, Derek Lowe had allowed just one hit over six innings. But in came Martinez, who was working on one day of rest after pitching six innings in Game 5.

Half-asleep, the Yankee Stadium crowd quickly awakened with its "Who's your daddy?" chant. Martinez had called the Yankees "my daddy" after getting clobbered by them in two September losses.

This time, New York scored two quick runs, trimming the lead to 8-3. Martinez was throwing fastballs at 89 mph before eventually hitting 94 mph, late in the inning.

He was done after the seventh. Francona used Mike Timlin for five outs and Alan Embree for one to preserve the 10-3 victory.

Martinez had been gearing up for this. After Game 5, he did not travel with the Red Sox to New York late Monday night. He remained in Boston to work with a physical therapist, with the goal of getting ready for a big moment in Game 7.

He rejoined his teammates before the start of Game 6.

"This is an abnormality," Francona said. "Usually, you pitch, you take a day off, you throw on the side if you need it. Sometimes, at this part of the year, they don't, so this is a little extra special trying to get ready."

On Saturday, the Red Sox will need a starter for Game 1 of the World Series, and Martinez could have started that game with his usual rest. Francona used Curt Schilling for seven innings on a gimpy right ankle in Game 6, so presumably he'd be lined up to pitch Game 2 on Sunday.

Boston's fury

The Red Sox criticized Alex Rodriguez for trying to slap the ball from Bronson Arroyo's hand in a controversial play in the eighth inning of Game 6. In an interview with ESPN, Curt Schilling said Rodriguez did something Derek Jeter would never do.

Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar said, "What he did was completely unprofessional. He has to brush his teeth and look at himself in the mirror in the morning."

Asked for his retort, Torre said, "We don't throw phrases around."

Around the horn

Torre had written off John Olerud for the rest of the series because of a bruised left foot, but Olerud took batting practice and looked good fielding grounders at first base before Game 7. He was not in the starting lineup, as Tony Clark got another start at first. Torre used Olerud as a pinch hitter late in the game. ... In 1978, Bucky Dent hit the home run that broke the Red Sox's heart in a one-game playoff the AL East title. Last night, the Yankees brought him back to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... DeLeon Sheffield, wife of Yankees right fielder Gary Sheffield, sang the national anthem.

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