Do the Phillies want Pedro Martinez back?

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While attending David Ortiz’s charity golf tournament in the Dominican Republic over the weekend Pedro Martinez made it clear that he’d like to pitch for the Phillies again in 2010. “They treated me very well and they were very professional,” Martinez said. “They will always have the door open.”
After signing with Philadelphia in July and making his Phillies debut a month later, Martinez went 5-3 with a 3.65 ERA in 12 starts between the regular season and playoffs. With a 53/12 K/BB ratio in 61.2 innings Martinez certainly showed that he still has the stuff to be an effective middle-of-rotation starter and he reportedly plans to play a full season in 2010.
Of course, at 38 years old Martinez is hardly a good bet to actually pitch a full season. In fact, he hasn’t started 25 games or thrown 150 innings since his first year with the Mets in 2005. Philadelphia has Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, and J.A. Happ cemented in the rotation, so the question is whether it’s worth spending, say, $5 million on Martinez rather than turning the fifth spot over to some combination of Jamie Moyer, Kyle Kendrick, and Antonio Bastardo. Probably, but the Phillies seem unlikely to get into any kind of bidding war.

Red Sox lose on Mark Teixeira’s walkoff grand slam, but still clinch AL East

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28:  Dustin Pedroia #15 and pinch runner Marco Hernandez #41 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate after both scored in the eighth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 28, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Red Sox can thank the Orioles for not having to fight to clinch the division on Thursday or later. The Orioles came from behind to defeat the Blue Jays 3-2 on Wednesday evening, clinching the AL East for the Red Sox.

A few minutes after that game went final, the Red Sox squandered a 3-0 lead taken in the eighth inning, culminating in a walk-off grand slam by Mark Teixeira in the bottom of the ninth inning. Closer Craig Kimbrel started the ninth, but didn’t have control over any of his pitches. He allowed a leadoff single followed by three consecutive walks to force in a run. Joe Kelly relieved Kimbrel and seemed to be close to wriggling out of the jam, getting Starlin Castro to strike out looking and Didi Gregorius to pop up. But after starting Teixeira with a first-pitch curve ball for a strike, Teixera clobbered a 99 MPH fastball, sending it over the fence in right-center to end the game.

For the Yankees, the come-from-behind victory was crucial as it staved off Wild Card elimination for one more day.

This is the first time the Red Sox have clinched the AL East since 2013, also the last year they won the World Series.

John Jaso hits for the cycle

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 27:  John Jaso #28 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on during the game against the Seattle Mariners during inter-league play on July 27, 2016 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
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Pirates first baseman John Jaso hit for the cycle on Wednesday night against the Cubs, becoming the first Pirate to do so since Daryl Ward against the Cardinals on May 26, 2004. Jaso’s cycle is the first to be hit at PNC Park. It’s also the third cycle of the 2016 season, as Jaso joins Freddie Freeman and Rajai Davis.

Jaso singled in the second inning for his first hit. He smashed a three-run homer in the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie. He hit an RBI double in the fifth to push the Cubs’ lead to 5-1. Then, in the seventh, Jaso hit an RBI triple to make it an 8-4 game.

Coming into Wednesday night, Jaso was hitting an adequate .259/.342/.384 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 416 plate appearances. He’s been limited mostly to right-handed pitching as the Pirates have used David Freese and Josh Bell at the position as well.