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Pedro's last stand against the Yankees?

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  October 21, 2009 11:58 AM

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The Phillies lead the Dodgers 3-1, the same margin by which the Yankees lead the Angels. The World Series isn't quite set, but it's getting close.

If the Phillies do play the Yankees, even those fans in Boston waiting only for the equipment truck to rumble down Yawkey Way en route to Florida for spring training might pause in front of the television to see Pedro Martinez face the Yankees.

I tried to engage Pedro in some "what about facing the Yankees" talk yesterday after he threw a bullpen at Citizens Bank Park But he would have none of it. "I know what you're trying to do," he said with a smile. "Not yet."

Pedro has pitched what amounts to an entire season of his career against the Yankees, going 11-11 with a 3.02 ERA in 32 starts. Tack on six postseason games, and the Yankees are the team he has faced the most.

He befuddled the Dodgers earlier in the NLCS throwing seven shutout innings. Could he do the same against the Yankees at age 37 with diminished powers? Admit it, it would be hard not to watch.

Jorge Posada hasn't hit well against him. Hideki Matsui, either. Jeter hits .256 against Pedro. Mark Teixeira is 1 for 6. A-Rod, suddenly Mr. Clutch, has one home run off Pedro in 55 at-bats. It would be fascinating to watch.

Game 2, Pedro against Excitable Boy A.J. Burnett at Yankee Stadium would be some kind of theater.

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