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April 29, 2014

P. Martinez joins roster for Classic

Staff Report

This probably won’t be the last time Cooperstown sees Pedro Martinez.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced Monday that three-time American League Cy Young Award winner Martinez will represent the Boston Red Sox in the sixth annual Hall of Fame Classic on May 24.

Martinez, who finished his 18-year Major League Baseball career in 2009 with a 219-100 record and a 2.93 earned run average, is one of five additions to the roster for the seven-inning exhibition game at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown.

The Hall also announced Monday that Edgardo Alfonzo (New York Mets), Steve Avery (Atlanta Braves), Todd Hollandsworth (Chicago Cubs) and Mark Kotsay (San Diego Padres) will take part in the game on Memorial Day weekend.

To date, players representing 27 of MLB’s 30 teams have committed to play in the Classic.

The others, in alphabetical order, are Vinny Castilla (Colorado Rockies), Brady Clark (Milwaukee Brewers), Jeff Conine (Miami Marlins), David Eckstein (Los Angeles Angels), Adam Everett (Houston Astros), Steve Garvey (Los Angeles Dodgers), Alex Gonzalez (Toronto Blue Jays), Luis Gonzalez (Arizona Diamondbacks), Scott Hatteberg (Oaklans Athletics), Livan Hernandez (Washington Nationals), Todd Jones (Detroit Tigers), Hideki Matsui (New York Yankees), Carl Pavano (Minnesota Twins), Kerry Robinson (St. Louis Cardinals), Ivan Rodriguez (Texas Rangers), Aaron Rowand (Chicago White Sox), Kirk Rueter (San Francisco Giants), Reggie Sanders (Cincinnati Reds), Mike Sweeney (Kansas City Royals), Jim Thome (Cleveland Indians), Dan Wheeler (Tampa Bay Rays) and Jack Wilson (Pittsburgh Pirates).

That Hall said it would announce representatives for the three remaining teams — the Seattle Mariners, the Baltimore Orioles and the Philadelphia Phillies — at a later date. Former closer Brad Lidge was slated to represent the Phillies but is no longer on the roster.

Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar, Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Eddie Murray, Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith will serve as managers and coaches.

The players and managers will highlight the Cooperstown Game Day Parade at noon May 24. The Home Run Derby will start at 1 p.m. at Doubleday Field, followed by the Classic at 2:05 p.m.

Tickets cost $12.50 for first- and third-base seats and $11 for outfield seats. Ticket packages including Hall passes and/or Night at the Museum admission are also available.

To order, call 1-877-726-9028 or visit www.baseballhall.org.

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