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Martinez not seriously injured

BOSTON -- Pedro Martinez and a Boston Red Sox official said after Saturday's parade that the pitcher wasn't seriously injured by a ball that flew out of the crowd and hit him in the head.

Martinez was hit in the forehead by a
baseball thrown from the banks of the Charles River while he was
riding on an amphibious vehicle during the World Series victory
parade for the Red Sox.

"I have a little headache, but I'm OK," Martinez said after
the parade ended Saturday at Fenway Park.

Dr. Charles Steinberg, executive vice president of public relations for the Red Sox, concurred that Martinez was not seriously hurt, according to a Boston Globe report.

"He was here at Fenway Park afterward. He seemed fine," Steinberg told the newspaper.

It was not immediately clear who threw the ball or why.

Martinez looked stunned, putting his hand to his forehead. The
ball was later seen floating in the water as the vehicle floated
down the river for the final leg of the parade.

Jim Averill, 42, of Boston, said the ball was thrown at a high
speed from the river bank. He said pitcher Derek Lowe tried to
catch it before it struck Martinez.

"I saw the ball hit him in the head," Averill said. "Derek
Lowe tried to grab it. It hit him and it flew up about 15 feet and
fell into the water."

Boston police spokeswoman Nadine Taylor-Miller said the department had no knowledge of the incident and is not investigating, according to the Globe.

However, Taylor-Miller added that throwing a baseball at someone's head could be grounds for an assault and battery charge.

"Why would anyone throw a ball?" she said to the newspaper. "Were they throwing it for him to catch it? I don't know."

A police officer walking along the parade route told the Globe that fans at the end of the route were throwing souvenirs at Martinez and that some hats and the like hit the pitcher in the face.

"They wanted autographs," the unidentified officer told the newspaper.

Political pitches
Looking to share some of the magic that propelled
the Boston Red Sox to their first World Series title in 86 years,
President Bush enlisted a fan favorite to deliver his pitch while
Democratic Sen. John Kerry recruited the team's front office.

Curt Schilling, the Red Sox winning pitcher in Game 2 of the
World Series, endorses Bush in automated recordings that will be
used in three competitive states -- New Hampshire, Maine and
Pennsylvania -- before Tuesday's voting.
Kerry, the four-term Massachusetts senator who frequently
mentions his hometown team and donned a cap this past week, was
appearing Sunday with Boston's principal owner John Henry,
part-owner Tom Werner and general manager Theo Epstein at a
campaign stop in Manchester, N.H.
Schilling endorsed Bush in a television interview Thursday, a
day after the Red Sox won the franchise's first title since 1918.
In his phone message to voters, Schilling says, "These past
couple of weeks, Sox fans ... trusted me when it was my turn on the
mound. Now you can trust me on this: President Bush is the right
leader for our country," according to a transcript from the Bush
campaign.
Kerry spokesman David Wade reminded baseball-crazed voters that
when George W. Bush was owner of the Texas Rangers he voted against
creation of the wild card. The Red Sox qualified for the playoffs
through the wild card.
"When legions of Sox fans go to the polls on Tuesday, they'll
remember that if George Bush had his way the Red Sox wouldn't have
ever won the World Series," Wade said in a statement.
For good measure, Wade also reminds voters that Bush traded
Sammy Sosa, the Chicago Cubs' home run king.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.