Pedro Martinez beginning to draw some interest

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Where’s Pedro? Perhaps back in the big leagues at some point soon.

Pedro Martinez, the biggest-name free agent pitcher still on the table
— with apologies to Tom Glavine – is finally starting to draw some
interest.

On Thursday, reports out of Tampa Bay and the Dominican Republic said that a representative of the Tampa Bay Rays watched Martinez throw.

Later, the Boston Globe added
that the Cubs were also at the workout, and that both teams had “begun
to at least explore how much money it would take to lure Martinez back
to the mound.”

Money will be the key, of course. Martinez pitched well in the World
Baseball Classic, and hoped for at least $5 million. No one bit, so
Martinez waited.

Thursday’s Globe report claimed that Martinez threw his fastball at
around 94 mph in his workout, which seems remarkable even if he only
threw a few pitches. This makes me wonder though: are the Rays and Cubs
looking at Pedro as a reliever? That might be a way to save his arm and
keep him healthy throughout the season.

Another young fan was struck by a foul ball, this time at Guaranteed Rate Field

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ESPN reports via the Associated Press that a young boy was struck by a line drive foul ball but was not seriously injured during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Royals. The boy and a woman were escorted by a first aid crew to the concourse area and the boy was later eating ice cream in a luxury suite.

A woman was struck in the face by a foul ball also on the first base side at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday, but she didn’t request medical assistance.

Last week, a young fan at Yankee Stadium was hit by a line drive foul ball, which motivated several teams to commit to extending protective netting at their ballparks. The Yankees, strangely, were not among them. Nor were the White Sox.

Diamondbacks clinch NL Wild Card

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Losses by the Cardinals to the Pirates and the Brewers to the Cubs on Sunday clinched an NL Wild Card berth for the Diamondbacks. Their walk-off, 3-2 win over the Marlins earned them hosting rights for the Wild Card game.

The D-Backs, now 90-66, trailed the Marlins 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth. Daniel Descalso tied the game at two apiece with an RBI single off of Brad Ziegler. Second half hero J.D. Martinez secured the win with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth against Javy Guerra.

The Rockies beat the Padres on Sunday to increase their lead over the Brewers (+2) and Cardinals (+2.5) for the second Wild Card slot. One of these three teams will visit Arizona for the Wild Card game.

The Diamondbacks are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, when they lost the Division Series in five games to the Brewers.