Pedro Martinez officially named Game 2 starter

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Charlie Manuel made things official this morning, naming Pedro Martinez to start Game 2 of the World Series.
Martinez has 38 career starts against the Yankees, including six in the postseason, but has faced them just once since 2006, allowing six runs in a blowout loss on June 27, 2008 as a member of the Mets.
Cliff Lee will start Game 1, followed by Martinez in Game 2 and Cole Hamels in Game 3. After that the Phillies’ rotation plans are unclear, because they could either go with J.A. Happ or Joe Blanton in Game 4 or choose to bring Lee back on short rest, which would also set him up to start a potential Game 7 on short rest.
In the latter scenario the series could feature three matchups between Lee and CC Sabathia, which would probably make Indians general manager Mark Shapiro’s head explode.

Someone stole the bat from the Ken Griffey, Jr. statue at Safeco Field

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The Mariners unveiled a statue of Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. earlier this year at Safeco Field, featuring the slugger in his famous follow-through seen after each of his 630 career home runs. Chris Daniels of KING 5 News in Seattle reported on Tuesday evening that someone had stolen the bat from the statue.

Thankfully, the Seattle Police Department announced that the bat has been recovered and a suspect has been arrested. They expect to provide more details later. Daniels reports the Mariners have confirmed the news.

My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.