Originally created 05/02/00

Pedro doesn't expect suspension



BOSTON -- Pedro Martinez doesn't think he should be suspended for hitting Roberto Alomar with a pitch. After all, Martinez says, he was only doing his job.

"They shouldn't suspend me," he said Monday. "I didn't fight. I didn't do anything. I do what I have to do for my team."

No disciplinary action has been taken since a brushback pitch by Martinez sent Cleveland's Einar Diaz sprawling in the seventh inning of Boston's 2-1 win Sunday.

In the top of the eighth, Charles Nagy hit Jose Offerman in the side with a pitch. As Offerman took a few steps toward the mound, the Red Sox and Indians ran onto the field from the dugouts and bullpens. Then, in the bottom of the inning, Martinez's first pitch struck Alomar in the backside.

Again, the benches emptied. Again, no punches were thrown.

But Martinez was thrown out of the game. Still, the 1999 Cy Young winner improved his record to 5-0 and leads the AL in wins, ERA and strikeouts.

"I'm going to do what I've been doing. I'm not going to change a thing," he said about protecting his teammates.

He spoke before Boston's game against the Detroit Tigers, who were involved in a brawl April 22 with the Chicago White Sox that led to the suspensions of 16 members of the teams, including both managers, and fines against nine others.

Martinez said he doesn't expect to hear from Frank Robinson, baseball's vice president of on-field operations who issued the suspensions against the Tigers and White Sox.

"There's no discipline to be issued. There's nothing. There's no fight," Martinez said. "This is all part of the game."

Martinez's next scheduled start is Friday against Tampa Bay.