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10/30/09 1:44 AM EST
Pedro gives it his all against familiar foe
Despite loss, Martinez pleased with effort vs. Yankees
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- If anyone thought they might have seen the last of Pedro Martinez as a big league pitcher Thursday night, think again.With the predominately Yankees-oriented crowd of 50,181 taunting Martinez, chanting, "Who's your daddy? Who's your daddy?" he opened by whiffing three of the first four Yankees hitters. The fan reference was to a Martinez quote from 2004. Frustrated after another loss to the Yankees in New York, Martinez said: "I just tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddy." Martinez smiled through it all and ultimately whiffed Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez twice each. Even so, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he thought his club would eventually get to him and that his Yankees would indeed once again be Martinez's daddy. "'Stay on him. Stay on him,'" Girardi said his team was yelling in the dugout. "'Keep grinding out your at-bats and something good is going to happen.'" Teixeira's homer, a bolt to right-center, tied the score at 1. Matsui then gave the Bombers their first lead of their 40th trip to the World Series. The Matsui homer was preceded by Teixeira and A-Rod striking out swinging. "As you saw today, I struck out a lot more batters than you probably expected," Martinez said. "I have been working a lot harder at mixing my pitches and hitting location really well, keeping the ball low, because I know I don't have that 95, 97 mph fastball, at least not for now. Since I came back, I haven't had it. "When I made a couple of mistakes, I paid for them. I'm pleased with the way things are going, and I still feel like I can get people out with what I have."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.