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Pedro Martinez says fan who reportedly yelled racial slur at Adam Jones ‘isn’t a true Bostonian’ 05.08.17 at 3:52 pm ET
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Pedro Martinez says he's always felt comfortable at Fenway Park. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Pedro Martinez says he’s always felt comfortable at Fenway Park. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

In the aftermath of the Adam Jones incident last week, several black baseball players talked about their experiences at Fenway Park. One of the most beloved Red Sox players of all-time, Pedro Martinez, weighed in during a recent interview with Sports Illustrated.

When asked about Jones’ allegation that fans yelled the N-word at him a “handful” of times, Martinez said he was surprised to hear the news.

“Fenway [is] a place where I feel more comfortable than any other place, more than my own house,” he said. “Honestly, I could take a nap in centerfield and feel that I am right at home, so it shocks me a great deal that Adam Jones was called something like that at my field. I don’t think that is someone who belongs at Fenway, at my field. He is not a true Bostonian. The true Bostonians support their people, regardless of who they are, and they are great people and I’m proud of my Bostonians. I’m extremely shocked that someone used Fenway Park to offend the feelings of all of us, including Adam Jones.”

Other black players have different perceptions of Fenway. Yankees hurler CC Sabathia, for example, said it’s the only place he’s ever been called the N-word in his professional career. Last week, two fans told WEEI.com they saw Jones get taunted with a racial slur at a game in 2013.

The Red Sox also banned a fan for life last week after he directed a racial slur towards another person in the stands.

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Pedro Martinez on OM&F: David Ortiz should’ve played for one more season 04.28.17 at 11:28 am ET
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Pedro Martinez says he thinks David Ortiz should've played for one more season. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

Pedro Martinez says he thinks David Ortiz should’ve played for one more season. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

Count Pedro Martinez among those who wants David Ortiz to come back.

In an interview Friday on OM&F, the first ballot Hall of Famer said he thinks Ortiz should’ve kept playing for one more season.

“I’ve been trying so hard to get David back and help out these kids,” he said. “I thought they needed one more year to kind of realize what they have to do. But you can’t blame David, either. You go through the struggles of baseball, the day-to-day–– the stuff that you have to do –– it gets to a point where you just get tired. You just get tired of the same routine, and all of that.”

Following the Red Sox’s 3-0 loss to the Yankees Thursday, shortstop Xander Bogaerts acknowledged Ortiz’s presence is missed. The Red Sox are 13th in the American League in runs scored.

Martinez explained how Ortiz’s leadership would’ve been valuable to the young players on the club this season.

“Those guys are at a level where they’re good, they’re going to perform, but they need to realize why they perform,” he said. “That’s what David was probably going to be able to relay in one more year. One more year of experience around those kids would be exactly leaving those kids graduated from college. They needed one more year to graduate.”

Perhaps the biggest positive for the Red Sox in the first month of the season has been the electric performance of Chris Sale, who’s doing his best Martinez impression every time he takes the mound. It’s quite a difference from David Price’s first month in Boston last season, in which he posted a 5.76 ERA.

Martinez said the biggest difference between the two hurlers is attitude.

“Chris Sale is somewhat a throwback kind of player, someone that’s not going to be watching what the papers say,” Martinez explained. “He’s not going to pay attention to what the fans might say if he doesn’t perform. I mean, this is a guy who’s very unusual. He’s not intimidated by anything, this is a guy that’s out there to show you and say to you, ‘This is how I am. This is who I am. This is what I’m here to get.” And it’s all around the pitcher’s mound. That’s what his business is.”

The other big story surrounding the Red Sox this week was Dustin Pedroia’s criticism of teammate Matt Barnes for throwing at Manny Machado’s head Sunday. When asked his feelings on the matter, Martinez said he doesn’t fault Barnes for the way he handled the retaliation.

“As much as I love Machado, who’s one of my boys –– I love him dearly –– I would’ve [gone] and hit him square in the ribs or maybe in the butt cheek. I honestly think I have to protect my players,” Martinez said.

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Pedro Martinez on Trenni & Tomase: ‘I still believe David [Ortiz] is going to give it another try’ and return to baseball 01.21.17 at 9:58 pm ET
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Pedro Martinez

Pedro Martinez

Still dreaming of David Ortiz rejoining the Red Sox? Perhaps this will make you feel better — Pedro Martinez believes it’s going to happen.

Speaking on the Trenni & Tomase program on Saturday from Foxwoods, where the Red Sox were holding their Winter Weekend, Martinez made it clear that he’s 100 percent skeptical of Ortiz’s decision to retire, and believes it’s only a matter of time before he laces up his cleats again.

“David says he’s retired,” Martinez said. “But I still believe David is going to give it another try. I don’t know why I have that feeling that David might want to do that. I just don’t see David, having the type of season that he had, and having the success that he was still having, sitting at home wasting it. David is too smart. I still believe David is going to feel the little itch of coming back to spring training.”

What gives Martinez such confidence in this bold prediction, which flies in the face of literally everything Ortiz has said since announcing his retirement before last season?

“Because imagine, I’m one of his closest friends,” Martinez said. “And I’m going to have to come to spring training, so he’s going to be left in the Dominican alone. I know that he needs some time off. If he stays at home with his wife, his kids, it’s going to get boring sooner or later, and I believe he’s going to come over.

“I think the toughest thing is going to be when he finds himself with so much time, and not having a regimen to follow,” Martinez added. “That’s going to be really difficult for David, a man that’s used to swinging the bat 500 times a day, mingling with his friends and teammates and all that. It’s just going to be difficult.”

Martinez knows how hard it is to walk away. He retired after pitching in the 2009 World Series for the Phillies and was a first-ballot Hall of Famer five years later.

“[Ortiz] always laughs when I tell him that comfy is not that simple,” Martinez said. “To just sit at home and see every other player, every other friend you have go away, and then you’re sitting at home and not having something to do, it’s really difficult to deal with.”

So what Martinez is saying is there’s a chance, then? He’s not closing the door on Big Papi pulling on No. 34 again?

“No. No, I’m not,” he said. “And I won’t. Until the year goes by, I won’t.”

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Rick Porcello of Red Sox named American League Comeback Player of the Year 11.29.16 at 2:53 pm ET
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Rick Porcello

Rick Porcello

The honors and accolades keep rolling in for Rick Porcello.

The Red Sox right-hander, who earlier this month claimed the American League Cy Young Award, on Tuesday added Comeback Player of the Year to his resume.

Porcello finished first in balloting among the 30 beat reporters from MLB.com. He was joined by National League winner Anthony Rendon of the Nationals.

Porcello, 27, went 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA and nipped former teammate Justin Verlander of the Tigers in the Cy Young voting. His 22 victories led the big leagues and were the most by a Red Sox pitcher since Pedro Martinez won 23 in 1999.

Porcello’s numbers were a far cry from 2015, when he debuted with the Red Sox by going 9-15 with a 4.92 ERA.

Porcello is the first Red Sox player to win the award since outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury claimed it in 2011.

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Top 10 Red Sox All-Star moments 07.11.16 at 2:21 pm ET
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10. Jim Rice goes 2-for-4 with a solo blast, 1983

To begin a seven-run third inning, Rice hit a rocket to left field en route to a 13-3 victory, snapping a 13-game losing streak for the American League. Rice was upstaged by former teammate and future Red Sox Hall of Famer Fred Lynn, who was in the middle of his tenure with the Angels. Lynn hit the first grand slam in All-Star Game history later in the third inning and won the All-Star Game MVP award to cap off his nine straight All-Star appearances.

9. Josh Beckett helps Red Sox win home-field advantage, 2007

After giving up a leadoff double to Jose Reyes, Beckett retired six straight, including Ken Griffey Jr., to get the win in the 2007 All-Star Game. The win for the American League gave home-field advantage to the Red Sox in that fall’s World Series, when they swept the Rockies to win their second title in four years.

8. J.D. Drew wins ASG MVP deep behind enemy lines, 2008

Drew made the only All-Star Game appearance of his career at Yankee Stadium, and it was a memorable one. During the bottom of the seventh, Drew sent a low fastball deep into right field for a two-run, game-tying home run, silencing the bleacher creatures and winning the All-Star Game MVP award. Drew’s home run also helped this All-Star Game go into extra innings, where it became the longest All-Star Game of all time at four hours, 50 minutes.

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Source: MLB plans to remind Pedro Martinez that Jose Fernandez tweet was technically tampering 06.18.16 at 8:10 pm ET
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It appears that Pedro Martinez’s understandable enthusiasm over Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has gotten the better of him.

One day after Martinez tweeted that Fernandez, “is a special pitcher and human being and in every form you look at him you see BOSTON RED SOX,” a source in the league office said that Martinez’s comment is being investigated and will likely result in a “reminder” that such commentary technically constitutes tampering.

Were Martinez merely a retired player, voicing his opinion would be fine. But because he’s a special assistant to president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and thus represents the Red Sox, his statement technically violates rule 3(k) which prohibits the “enticement” of rival players “respecting employment.”

The league has no plans to punish him or the Red Sox, according to the source. He’ll instead be educated on the rule. The Red Sox will let the league handle the issue.

Martinez’s fondness for Fernandez makes sense. The 23-year-old Marlins right-hander is 9-3 with a 2.57 ERA in his first full season since returning from 2014 Tommy John surgery. He’s 31-12 with a 2.43 ERA lifetime and as a Scott Boras client, will presumably be too expensive for the Marlins’ taste before reaching free agency after the 2018 season.

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Red Sox 1st-round pick Jason Groome living a dream: Dustin Pedroia his favorite player, Red Sox his favorite team 06.09.16 at 11:10 pm ET
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Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia

Jason Groome may have been raised in a Yankees household in Yankees country, but that didn’t stop the New Jersey high schooler from loving the Red Sox.

Boston’s first-round pick in Thursday’s draft, 12th overall, the left-handed pitcher sounded beside himself in a conference call with New Jersey reporters after being selected.

“It’s a crazy feeling, just hearing my name get called, especially by the Red Sox,” he said. “It was the best experience of my life. Me and my family had no idea and when they called our name, we went crazy. It was a dream come true.”

So how did Groome end up a Red Sox fan?

“Me and my dad, I always liked Pedro  Martinez and Manny Ramirez,” he said. “I always liked Fenway Park. Everyone in my family is a Yankees fan. I always tended to like the Red Sox fans a little bit better. I’ve just taken them as my best team. Dustin Pedroia is my favorite player just because of his work ethic, and David Price, who I like to model myself after as well. It’s just awesome ending up with Boston. I couldn’t ask for a better team to go to. I’m so comfortable because they’re my favorite team. It’s just a dream come true.”

Some analysts considered Groome the most talented player in the draft, blessed with an upper-90s fastball and devastating curveball. He slipped because of signability concerns — he just withdrew a commitment to Vanderbilt in favor of junior college, which will make him eligible for next year’s draft, should he fail to sign — as well as some maturity issues, though it’s important to note he’s only 17.

“I really didn’t feel that bad because everything  happens for a reason,” Groome said. “I always said I just wanted to end up somewhere I’m comfortable and feel protected. Like I said, there’s no other spot to do that than Boston. They’re my favorite team.”

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Red Sox put on show to celebrate David Ortiz’s 500th home run 09.21.15 at 7:53 pm ET
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As David Ortiz noted before Monday night’s game at Fenway Park, it wasn’t part of the plan to hit his 500th home run more than a week before the Red Sox would return home.

“This is home. This is home. I wish I could’ve got it done here but it’s not that simple, that’s not how it works,” Ortiz said. “But I’m happy to be there, happy to be home and that the Red Sox having a ceremony for me.”

And when it rolled around, it didn’t appear he was disappointed in the aforementioned ceremony.

The first image of the celebration came with children wearing red shirts forming the number “500” in center field.

The 27th member of Major League Baseball‘s 500-home run club was presented with a variety of gifts, including custom-made boots from L.L. Bean (presented by third base coach Brian Butterfield, a Maine native), and a plaque commemorating his 500 homer, handed over by principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president/CEO Larry Lucchino.

The big gift, however, was driven in from center field — a fully-loaded luxury SUV. Adding to the surprise was the emergence of four of Ortiz’s former Red Sox teammates — Pedro Martinez, Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek — from the car.

Varitek took the microphone to help introduce Ortiz, who let Martinez offer a spanish tribute before launching into his speech.

“I’m not much of a talker. Yeah, right,” Ortiz joked, leading off his minute-long speech.

“This organization gave me the opportunity to regroup, to build up my career,” he continued. “Definitely without you guys, the best fans in baseball, I would never get to this number.”

He finished his address by saying, “Let’s keep on hitting bombs.”

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Pedro Martinez wants to be remembered as happy, grateful, a sign of hope 07.28.15 at 11:21 pm ET
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Pedro Martinez had his No. 45 retired by the Red Sox Tuesday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Pedro Martinez had his No. 45 retired by the Red Sox Tuesday night. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

There was a long wait for it, but Tuesday night was all about Pedro Martinez again at Fenway Park.

As the Red Sox retired No. 45 to the right field wall, Martinez reflected on all he had accomplished during his time in Boston as well as how he reached this point in his career.

It was all he could do, he said.

Prior to the game, the Sox held a ceremony for the recent Hall of Famer, bringing out former members of the team like Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Carlton Fisk, Dennis Eckersley, Curt Schilling, Jason Varitek and others.

“All I could do was reflect when I saw everybody there,” Martinez said. “And seeing the franchise standing right there, all the players … reflect, reflect and reflect and maybe one of these days I will wake up and say, ‘Hey, my god, this just happened.’ But right now I’m like in a bubble, I’m flying around. I haven’t set my feet down yet.”

He also emphasized just how much all of his accolades have affected him, and how he’s still strapped for words when he thinks about how he was the one on the receiving end of them.

“It seems like destiny had me linked in a very different way to everything,” he said. “The Red Sox, the seasons, the championships, ’04, 86 years and then I’m part of the All-Century team for the Red Sox, and I see so many great players that passed by that couldn’t pull it off. I was part of the ones that pulled it off, and not only that, I’m the first pitcher that goes into that exclusive wall of numbers retired.

“It’s a unique opportunity to feel this, and I don’t know how to describe it. I get confused in the middle of trying to explain why, why me? How? And I’m trying to enjoy it as well, and I’m trying to have a great time and soaking up as much as I can, but I’m still floating from being in the Hall of Fame, from being in the Red Sox Hall of Fame, Latino Hall of Fame, so many things that happened that I can only say I’m fortunate. I’m so fortunate to have had the opportunity to represent so many different things.”

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Closing Time: Red Sox can’t overcome 5-run first inning in loss to White Sox at 10:07 pm ET
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Wade Miley allowed five first inning runs in the Red Sox' loss to the White Sox Tuesday. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Wade Miley allowed five first inning runs in the Red Sox‘ loss to the White Sox Tuesday. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Joe Kelly’s first inning Monday night was bad — allowing four runs — putting the Red Sox in a quick 4-0 hole.

But, Tuesday night was even worse as Wade Miley allowed five first-inning runs, digging the Red Sox a hole they couldn’t dig out of in their 9-4 loss to the White Sox on the night Pedro Martinez‘s number was retired before the game.

Martinez wouldn’t have liked what he saw, as after striking out the leadoff batter, Miley allowed the next five batters to reach, all of which scored, as the White Sox took a 5-0 lead before the Red Sox even stepped to the plate.

The big blow came on a two-run Geovany Soto double, which scored two runs. Emilio Bonifacio followed with an RBI double for the fifth run of the inning.

“Not a lot of command in the first inning,” Miley said. “A lot of fastballs in the middle of the plate and not a good effort me making adjustments in that first inning. I probably had a couple opportunities to minimize the damage and didn’t do a very good job of it.”

Miley settled down, firing four scoreless innings until a freak play in the sixth ended his night.

With two outs in the sixth inning and the White Sox carrying a 5-2 lead, Jose Abreu launched a first-pitch fastball to deep right-center field. Mookie Betts raced back to catch the fly ball, but after two steps hurdled his body over the right field fence.

The outfielder tumbled into the Red Sox bullpen, landing on his head and neck. While the ball trickled out of Betts’€™ glove after landing on the ground, Abreu was initially called out. But after an umpires’€™ review, the call was over-turned, giving the White Sox slugger his 16th homer and the visitors’€™ a two-run lead.

Making matters worse, Betts was forced to leave the game and was tested for a possible concussion.

Miley went 5 2/3 innings allowing seven runs on 10 hits, while walking three and striking out five.

The Red Sox cut into the White Sox’ lead in the second inning on a Pablo Sandoval two-run homer the other way. That was all the Sox could get against White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija until a meaningless two runs in the ninth.

The right-hander went 8+ innings allowing four runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out three.

In relief of Miley, Justin Masterson allowed a towering homer to Soto in the seventh and another run in the eighth. He allowed two runs over his 3 1/3 innings of relief.

The Red Sox have now dropped two straight games and are 2-9 since the All-Star break.

Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ win:

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