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Dodgers look at Martínez

Associated Press / March 13, 2009
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Pedro Martínez has caught the attention of Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti.

Colletti said yesterday at spring training in Phoenix that he is "curious" about the possibility of filling the fifth spot in the rotation with the free agent righthander. Martínez pitched six innings of one-hit ball for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic last week.

"With his history, and I've had firsthand experience facing him so many times, he's a tough competitor," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "Just from what little I've seen of him, he may not have the velocity he once had, but he has the know-how."

The 37-year-old, three-time Cy Young Award winner broke in with the Dodgers in 1992 and was traded to Montreal a year later. His prime years were with the Red Sox. Injuries have limited Martínez over the past three seasons with the Mets.

Ramírez a scratch
Manny Ramírez's spring training debut was pushed back at least one more day.

The Dodgers slugger was scratched from the exhibition game against South Korea because of tightness in his left hamstring.

Torre said he expects to use Ramírez as the designated hitter against Texas today. "He wanted to play today, and I didn't think there was much sense in doing that," Torre said after the Dodgers' 4-2 victory over South Korea.

Ramírez said he felt the hamstring tighten up as he ran from second base to home during a drill before batting practice yesterday morning.

"It's going to get better, so I'm not worried about it," said Ramírez. "I'm not disappointed. You've got plenty of time to get ready. That's in my favor, so I'm going to take it day by day."

Ramírez has been showing up before dawn to get in playing shape after missing the first two weeks of spring training while negotiating the two-year, $45 million contract he signed last week.

Cuba rolls
Yulieski Gourriel, Ariel Pestano, and Frederich Cepeda all homered to help Cuba rout host Mexico, 16-4, in a game shortened to seven innings by the mercy rule, capturing Pool B at the WBC . . . Mets ace Johan Santana made his spring debut after pushing back his first start because of elbow tightness. Santana gave up four hits and three runs, including a homer to Dan Uggla, in 2 2/3 innings against the Marlins. He struck out two and hit a batter in his first game action since he had offseason knee surgery . . . Former Mets pitcher Ambiorix Burgos has been convicted of throwing his girlfriend against a wall and punching her. He faces up to a year in jail . . . Rays outfielder Fernando Perez will be sidelined for at least three months after dislocating his left wrist while diving in an attempt to catch a sinking line drive against the Blue Jays' Travis Snider Tuesday . . . Carlos Zambrano has been picked to make his fifth straight Opening Day start for the Cubs . . . The Mariners signed closer Chad Cordero to a minor league contract . . . Craig Monroe homered three times against his former team, powering the Pirates to a 6-4 victory over the Twins in Bradenton, Fla. . . . Tampa Bay closer Troy Percival, who missed much of last season with injuries, threw a hitless inning in his spring debut, a 3-2 win over the Phillies . . . A woman in San Juan filed a complaint against former Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams for allegedly hitting her at a nightclub while she took his picture.

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