Extra Bases


LOS ANGELES — It’s 93 degrees here which is just swell, I’m sure, for Pedro Martinez, who got the Game 2 start. Martinez had an easy 1-2-3 inning in the first, inducing two infield pop ups. He’s got good movement oin his pitches. Martinez has not appeared in a postseason game since Game 3 of the 2004 World Series. Vicente Padilla also retired the Phillies in the first.

  • Good to see old friend Bobby Schaefer, who spent many years in the Sox organization. He’s Joe Torre’s bench coach and a terrific veteran mind to have in that position. Schaefer really knows the game and situations. He’s seen a lot of baseball in his day.
  • Late-arriving crowd here at Dodgers Stadium, truly one of the loudest arenas in sports.
  • Until someone else is named president/CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays, I still suspect Pat Gillick is a candidate. Gillick is here with the Phillies. He gave up the GM job last year to be a special adviser to the team. Toronto CEO Paul Beeston has been trying to get him to be the new prez for some time but Gillick has resisted.
  • Dodger utilityman Mark Loretta is still one of the best people in the game. Ditto backup catcher Brad Ausmus, who will likely become a successful big league manager.
  • A lot of baseball people here would be disappointed if Takashi Saito re-signed with the Red Sox because teams believe they can offer him a bigger role. But Saito likes it in Boston even if he won’t make the $6 million option the Sox won’t pick up. Saito, who earned $4.5 million in incentives which secured his 2010 option at $6 million, is currently on outright waivers and should clear because nobody will pay him $6 million. Once he clears Boston will likely re-sign him to a lower amount — maybe half that.
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