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.

Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.

The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.

Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.

It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.

Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).