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Martinez told Little to get relievers ready

Updated: November 17, 2003, 5:46 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Aware that he was tiring, Pedro Martinez told Red Sox manager Grady Little to have relievers warming up late in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series against the New York Yankees.

"I said, 'Get the guys ready in case I get in trouble,' " Martinez said Friday of his conversation in the dugout after the seventh inning.

Little was criticized for sticking with Martinez after they talked on the mound as Hideki Matsui waited to hit in the eighth. The Boston ace thought he could ...

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