Pedro Martinez's first postseason start in five years will be in a familiar spot.
Martinez is scheduled to pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 2 of the NL Championship Series against Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium today. The 37-year-old right-hander made his major league debut with the Dodgers in 1992 and also played for Los Angeles in 1993 before he was traded to the Montreal Expos for Delino DeShields.
“It’s going to be special, especially bringing back memories about my start here,” Martinez said before Game 1 on Thursday night. “I was born in this place, and I hope this is not the last one that I pitch here, but if it is, it would be a great joy to actually do it in the same place I started.”
Martinez threw a simulated game Tuesday, facing backups Eric Bruntlett and Greg Dobbs. He had been scheduled to start Game 3 of the division series against Colorado, but manager Charlie Manuel went with J.A. Happ instead when weather delayed the game a day.
Martinez, who hasn’t pitched in a game since Sept. 30, will be facing his old friend and fellow Dominican Manny Ramirez of the Dodgers.
“Nobody can say I know how to pitch Manny. Manny is such a great hitter, and he’s someone that makes adjustments as he sees the game develop,” Martinez said.
“Once the game is over, I hope he comes over and gives me the same real hug he always gives me and the same jokes.”
Count on it.
“He’s like my brother,” said Ramirez, who played with Martinez when they were with the Red Sox. “After the game, we go and have a beer and everything is fine.”
Acta interviews with Indians
Manny Acta managed a young, inexperienced team in Washington. He’d like another shot with a similar group in Cleveland.
Acta, fired by the Nationals in July, was interviewed by Indians general manager Mark Shapiro and assistant GM Chris Antonetti earlier this week for the club’s managerial opening.
Acta is one of eight to 10 candidates the Indians are conducting initial interviews with this week from their training complex in Goodyear, Ariz. The Indians plan to bring the finalists for the job to Cleveland in the near future for formal interviews and to meet with the media.
Acta, 40, said the Indians told him that they would get back to him next week.
He will interview with the Houston Astros today for their manager’s job. He spent 16 years in Houston’s minor league system after being signed as a 17-year-old.
Acta was fired by the Nationals after they stared 21-61 in 2009. He went 158-252 in two-plus seasons with Washington.
Yost, Astros meet about job
Former Milwaukee Brewers manager Ned Yost met with the Houston Astros on Thursday, the third candidate to interview to become Houston’s skipper next season.
The Astros plan to interview a total of 10 candidates, including former manager Phil Garner. San Diego Padres hitting coach Randy Ready met with the team later Thursday.
Houston is looking for a successor to Cecil Cooper, who was fired on Sept. 21. Dave Clark, who was named interim manager when Cooper was relieved, and minor-league coordinator Al Pedrique interviewed earlier in the week.
Reyes’ surgery successful
New York Mets Jose Reyes, who didn’t play after May 20, had surgery on his injured right leg in Dallas at North Central Surgical Center and is expected to be ready for spring training.
The procedure cleaned scar tissue from the torn hamstring tendon behind the knee.
New York said Reyes will start his rehab shortly and can resume baseball activities “soon after the new year.”