Martinez did just that Thursday to lead the Mets to a 10-5 win over the
Nationals at Shea Stadium, but it doesn't mean he's regained his Cy Young
Martinez was limited to seven innings during spring training while
rehabbing a toe injury. He knew his command wouldn't be sharp right away.
In six innings, Martinez gave up five runs on four hits and five walks.
He hit three batters.
"I felt great, but I'm not pitching right now," Martinez said. "I'm
throwing right now. It will take time."
Martinez has a reputation for going inside, but the three hit batters
were more indicative of wildness than headhunting, he said, emphasizing he
wasn't going after Jose Guillen, who was plunked twice.
"I know he was upset, that wasn't my intention," Martinez said of the
incident in the fifth when after he hit Guillen a second time, the Nationals
outfielder tried to go out to the mound but was restrained by catcher Paul
REPLAY: Carlos Beltran's first homer of the season helped the Mets beat
the Nationals 10-5 Thursday night, but what happened in the aftermath could
have a greater impact on the team this summer.
Beltran, who struggled last season in the first year of his $119 million
contract, was booed on Opening Day after going 0-for-4, and initially he
didn't want to take a curtain call. However, after prodding from veteran
Julio Franco, Beltran took a brief bow.
Franco, 47, the oldest player in the major leagues, knows enough that it
doesn't pay to make an enemy of the crowd, and the prudent thing is for
Beltran to accept the cheers when they come.
Mets pitchers hit six Washington hitters in their three-game series.
"Pitching inside is part of the game," manager Willie Randolph said.
RF Xavier Nady has seven hits after three games.
1B Carlos Delgado was hitless on Opening Day, but he homered in the
next two games.
RHP Pedro Martinez was rusty in his first start of the season, giving
up five runs in six innings. Control was an issue, with four walks, three
hit batters and a throwing error.
RHP Victor Zambrano had a successful throwing session Thursday and is
still on to make his first start of the season Sunday against Florida.
Zambrano was scratched from his first start on Wednesday with a tight left
The Mets announced design plans for a new stadium scheduled to open in
2009. The Mets will pay $550 million toward the 45,000-seat stadium with an
outside facade to resemble that of Ebbets Field.