The new-look All-Star Game has 11 first-time starters and four from the World Series champion Red Sox.
Carlos Beltran and the New York Mets agreed Sunday to try to structure a $119 million, seven-year contract, a lawyer involved in the negotiations told The Associated Press on Sunday.
Their ace is hurting; their leadoff hitter's hitless; Pedro's got daddy issues. You could say Boston's in a hole.
Boston 7, Tampa Bay 3
With an eerie similarity to last year's postseason debacle, Pedro Martinez took a lead into the eighth inning before tiring and the New York Yankees rallied past Boston 6-4 Friday night to open a 5.5-game advantage in the AL East.
Gary Sheffield, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada homered off an ineffective Pedro Martinez, and Mike Mussina gave the Yankees another excellent outing Sunday in New York's 11-1 rout of the Boston Red Sox.
Ted Lilly struck out a career-high 13 in a three-hit shutout, stopping Boston's six-game winning streak and pitching the Toronto Blue Jays past Pedro Martinez and the Red Sox 3-0 Monday night.
Pedro Martinez talked David Ortiz into staying with Boston. Now the Red Sox can only hope the three-time Cy Young winner follows his own advice.
Six months later, Pedro Martinez and the Boston Red Sox held on against the Yankees and completed a weekend blowout in the Bronx.
Boston 4, Toronto 2
It did not take long for Javy Lopez to feel comfortable in the American League.
Mike Timlin didn't doubt manager Grady Little while sitting in the bullpen, waiting for the phone to ring, and he isn't going to start now.
New hires like Lee Mazzilli and Ozzie Guillen start fresh, but not necessarily with a clean slate.
Aware that he was tiring, Pedro Martinez told Red Sox manager Grady Little to have relievers warming up late in Game 7 of the AL championship series against the New York Yankees.
Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez and Karim Garcia all appealed the fines imposed on them following Game 3 of the AL championship series.
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