Pedro ready to start teaching what he knows

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Pedro ready to start teaching what he knows

BOSTON -- The Red Sox added a three-time Cy Young winner to the organization Thursday. This one, however, wont be part of the rotation.

Saying he missed the competition, Pedro Martinez, who led the Sox to the 2004 World Series, returned to the organization as a special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington. He will work with pitchers at all levels in the organization.

Anything I have to do to actually help out the organization and get things better for the team and for the results, Martinez said of his duties.

I actually can read . . . mechanics and tendencies that pitchers have (pretty well). Being a pitcher for a long time allows you to learn a lot about different bodies and tendencies that we have, things that will get you hurt, angles. And Im pretty confident that I can probably read a lot of it. Also I think I can read who can pitch and who cannot.

He knows that working with young pitchers can be intimidating. Martinez -- the eight-time All-Star, two-time 20-game winner in his 18-season career, five-time major league ERA leader, whose .760 winning percentage is best in Red Sox history knows how to work around that.

You know that not everybodys going to be at your level and that everybodys unique, he said. Being honest, everybodys unique in their own ways. If you analyze my career, I have a lot of Greg Maddux, a lot of Roger Clemens, a lot of everybody that I could get my eyes on. And a little bit of Nolan Ryan. A little bit of Tom Seaver. You find a lot of little things that you analyze to try to put together to make your body of work the best . . . possible. And thats what I did.

And I believe if I can have the patience to look at the talent thats coming up and understand that theyre going to be their own way in some parts, I should be able to handle it. Im not going to force them to be like me. Its impossible to be like me. Its impossible to be like Roger. But you can also pick and choose some of the things that you can help them with and hopefully help out.

Martinez, who retired after the 2009 season, when he went 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA in nine starts with the Phillies, will be in Fort Myers for spring training for as long as the Red Sox need him.

The timing, he said, is right.

Ive been away long enough now to spend time with the family, said Martinez, who turned 41 in October. I think the situation is right. I think they need people like me that can probably relate to the players, relate to the front office, have the good communication and trust that they need right now. I think the players somehow see me a little bit like a player. They can communication with me. Im also a veteran, a real old veteran, and I can probably offer some advice to some of them about how to handle different situations.

Martinez went 117-37, with a 2.52 ERA in seven seasons with the Sox, winning two of his Cy Young awards in Boston. His role will be more advisory than coach. He doesnt want to get in the way of the coaches. But, he knows he has something the clubhouse after disastrous finishes in the last two seasons might need.

Im also fun, he said. I like to have fun and I think they need a little bit of that in the clubhouse.

Hes looking forward to working with all the pitchers hes said. One young pitcher he has already seen is Rubby De La Rosa, the fireballing right-hander the Sox got from the Dodgers in the August blockbuster trade, who immediately became one of the Sox top pitching prospects. De La Rosas grandmother was at one time the nanny for Martinez in the Dominican Republic.

Great arm. Great talent. He tops 100 mph, Martinez said of De La Rosa, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery in the 2011 season. That is going to be really interesting. He tops out in three digits sometimes and its a special talent. Its a little raw still, but I hope it matures enough where he can come back and surprise a lot of people.

But Martinez knows its important for the major-league staff to have an ace.

Thats the key, he said. You have to have number one, number two, number three, number four, number five. But the good thing is every one of them becomes number one on their turn to pitch.

Just dont expect that to be him.

Dont even think about me coming back, he said. Those three years four years that Ive been away really made it clear that I dont belong on the field anymore.

Quotes, notes and stars: Location gets Buchholz in trouble

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Quotes, notes and stars: Location gets Buchholz in trouble

Quotes, notes and stars from the Boston Red Sox' 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

 

QUOTES:

"When he's gotten in trouble, it's been a combination of location and pitches up in the strike zone. That was the case tonight. . . It's more general location than one pitch that he's getting burned on. '' - John Farrell on Clay Buchholz's poor start.

"No disrespect to (Jace) Peterson, but you're wanting to force contact. He hasn't hit for a high average.'' - Farrell on Buchholz walking No. 7 hitter Peterson three times.

"When do you walk guys, you do your best to try to minimize the damage and I didn't do a good enough job of that.'' - Buchholz, who saw Peterson come around to score twice after his three walks.

"It's frustrating when you can't put your finger on what you need to do it, and when you need to do it and why. All I can do right now is learn from it and get better in these next couple of days.'' - Buchholz.

"I didn't hear anything. The play was right in front of me, so I couldn't see him say anything. I just assumed I was out.'' - Xander Bogaerts, who was ruled safe at second on a force play by umpire Joe West, but believing he was out, came off the bag and was tagged out in the first inning.

 

NOTES

* Clay Buchholz has allowed five earned runs in four of his five starts this season.

* Heath Hembree pitched multiple innings for the fourth time this season and remains unscored upon in them.

* Over the last eight games, Dustin Pedroia is hitting .436 (17-for-39) with nine extra-base hits.

* All three of Chris Young's hit off lefthanded pitchers this season have been doubles.

* Hanley Ramirez (three hits, two RBI) has driven in a run in each of his last four games and six of his last seven.

* The Sox have scored in the first inning in eight of the last nine games.

 

STARS:

1) Nick Markakis

The Braves right fielder had a four hit night and knocked in three runs.

2) Jhoulys Chacin

Atlanta's starter wasn't overpowering, but he limited the Sox to two runs over five-plus innings and earned the victory.

3) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez broke out a bit at the plate with three hits, while knocking in the first two Red Sox runs.

 

First impressions of Red Sox' 5-3 loss: Another tough outing for Buchholz

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First impressions of Red Sox' 5-3 loss: Another tough outing for Buchholz

First impressions from the Red Sox' 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves

 

Another night, another less-than-satisfactory start for Clay Buchholz. Since the end of their last homestand, the Red Sox are 6-2. Both of those losses were hung on Buchholz.

Buchholz wasn't horrendous - he did manage to pitch into the seventh inning and five runs in 6 1/3 isn't a shellacking.

But five runs to this Braves lineup is nothing to shout about, either, and Buchholz made matters worse by walking the No. 7 hitter -- Jace Peterson, who came into the game with a .205 average -- three times. Twice, Peterson came around to score.

In fact, the bottom third of the order was 3-for-7 with three walks.

 

Hanley Ramirez showed some progress at the plate.

Before the game, John Farrell noted that Ramirez had been expanding the zone of late, and working to correct the issue with hitting instructors Chili Davis and Victor Rodriguez.

Something apparently clicked, as Ramirez was 3-for-3 in his first three at-bats with two RBI.

The one thing that's been lacking for Ramirez: power. He came into the game with just one homer and a paltry .373 slugging percentage.

 

It wasn't much of a night for former Red Sox players.

Catcher A.J. Pierzynski was 0-for-4, and for the second straight night, failed to catch a routine foul pop-up.

Meanwhile, reliever Alexi Ogando came in for the seventh inning and promptly allowed a leadoff single and a walk to the first two hitters he faced before recording two more outs and getting lifted for lefty Hunter Cervenka.

 

Turnabout is fair play for Chris Young.

Young got the start in left field over Brock Holt, despite the fact that Atlanta started a righthander (Jhoulys Chacin).

Young was 1-for-3 with a double, though that one hit came off lefty reliever Eric O'Flaherty.

Then, in the eighth inning with righthander Jim Johnson on the mound for the Braves, John Farrell sent Holt up to pinch-hit for Young.

That marked the first time that Holt hit for Young; to the great consternation of many, Young had been sent up to hit for Holt three times in the first week or so of the season.

By the way: Holt grounded out to end the inning.