Pedro makes Fenway return

Pedro makes return to old stomping grounds

Being conspicuous by his presence seldom is enough for Pedro Martinez. Some component in his DNA often demands he be noticed even more. So it was early Tuesday evening that after he addressed the media in an area of Fenway Park not open to the public, Martinez felt the urge satisfy his "notice me" need.

Photographers had gathered on the warning track in front of the visting dugout waiting for Martinez to emerge from the dank, dirty and almost dangerous runway that leads from the clubhouse.

Mets coach Jerry Manuel moved down the runway toward the dugout, and the photographers scurried until they saw the coach wasn't Martinez. "You're such a disappointment," someone called out to Manuel. "It's not the first time," he said. And the camera guys resumed their vigil.

Until a commotion developed in front of the Red Sox dugout.

What could it be?

What else could it be?

Pedro Martinez making his entrance, his return to Fenway's field via -- what else? -- the Red Sox's dugout.

Last week when the time to wonder arrived, a few Mets were asked, not how they imagined Martinez would be received, but what they thought he would do. Tom Glavine, who lockers close to Martinez at Shea and in Spring Training, searched for the proper phrasing. "Well," he said, "it won't be anything run of the mill."

And that's what the Mets expect from Martinez on Wednesday night when the second stage of his return is scheduled. Martinez is to start against the Sox, opposite Josh Beckett, in the second game of the Interleague series. "Who could be surprised if he does something special?" Glavine said. "No one in our clubhouse and no one in theirs."

Pitching matchup
NYM: RHP Pedro Martinez (7-3, 3.01 ERA)
Martinez has a 58-18 career record at Fenway Park. David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez combined for seven hits -- three for extra bases -- and 19 strikeouts in 44 career at-bats against him.

BOS: Josh Beckett (9-3, 4.84 ERA)
Beckett has a 5-1 record and 1.93 ERA in his last 10 starts (61 2/3 innings) against the Mets. Jose Reyes and David Wright have combined for two hits and six strikeouts in 22 career at-bats against him.

Player to watch
Endy Chavez has eight hits, including two triples, in 19 career at-bats against Beckett.

On the Internet
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Up next
• Thursday: Mets (LHP Tom Glavine, 11-2, 3.33) at Red Sox (RHP Curt Schilling, 9-2, 3.55) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: Mets (RHP Orlando Hernandez, 4-7, 5.82) at Yankees (RHP Mike Mussina, 9-3, 3.28) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Mets (RHP Steve Trachsel, 6-4, 4.82) at Yankees (LHP Randy Johnson, 9-6, 4.84) 1:20 p.m. ET

Marty Noble is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.