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Martinez's years in Boston

A chronology of highlights and lowlights from Pedro Martinez's seven years (1998-2004) as a Red Sox pitcher:

Nov. 18, 1997: Acquired from Montreal for minor league pitchers Tony Armas and Carl Pavano.

Dec. 12, 1997: Signs six-year, $75 million contract with his new team. Deal includes $17 million option for a seventh year.

April 1, 1998: Throws seven shutout innings while striking out 11 and allowing just three hits to win his Sox debut, 2-0, on Opening Day in Oakland.

April 11, 1998: In his first start at Fenway, throws a two-hit shutout in beating Seattle, 5-0, striking out 12 and walking just two.

July 15, 1998: Beats Cleveland, 1-0, with a four-hit shutout, striking out nine and walking two.

Sept. 29, 1998: In first career postseason start, throws seven solid innings (6 hits, 3 runs, 8 Ks) in 11-3 victory over Indians.

1998 season: Goes 19-7 with 2.89 in 33 starts; named to All-Star team; finishes second (to Roger Clemens) in Cy Young voting.

July 13, 1999: Coming into the break with a 15-3 record and 2.10 ERA, he is named to start the All-Star Game at Fenway Park and he strikes out the first four batters and five of the six he faces to earn MVP honors in the AL's 4-1 win.

July 19-Aug. 2, 1999: Misses two starts with a sore right shoulder.

Sept. 10, 1999: In perhaps his most dominating performance, strikes out 17 and allows just one hit (Chili Davis homer) in beating the Yankees at the Stadium, 3-1. He had struck out 13 and 15 in his previous two starts.

Sept. 27, 1999: Baltimore manager Ray Miller charges Martinez with intentionally hitting Brady Anderson to start the game. ``I've been watching this guy for 10 years and every good game he pitches, he hits some good hitter right in the middle of the back,'' Miller says.

Oct. 11, 1999: After pitching four scoreless innings in Game 1 of the AL Division Series before leaving with a back injury, Martinez comes out of the bullpen in Game 5 with the Sox and Indians tied at 8-8 and tosses six no-hit innings in a 12-8 win.

Oct. 16, 1999: Trailing the Yankees, 2-0, in the AL Championship Series, Martinez - in a showdown with former Sox ace Roger Clemens - goes seven strong innings (2 hits, 12 Ks) to give Boston its only win of the series, 13-1.

1999 season: First Sox pitcher since Cy Young in 1901 to lead AL in wins (23-4), ERA (2.07), and strikeouts (club record 313); named to start All-Star game; unanimous pick for Cy Young Award and second in MVP voting.

April 30, 2000: Martinez is ejected - and was later suspended five games - for hitting Roberto Alomar in the eighth inning of a game against Cleveland. An inning earlier, Martinez pitched inside to Einar Diaz, who had doubled twice.

May 6, 2000: Matched his career high by striking out 17 Devil Rays in a 1-0 loss.

May 12, 2000: Just back from serving his five-game suspension, tosses a two-hitter in a 9-0 win over Baltimore, walking none and striking out 15.

June 8, 2000: Beats Cleveland with a strong eight innings, allowing just one hit and striking out 10.

June 26-July 13, 2000: Misses two starts with a left oblique strain.

July 23, 2000: Again walked none and struck out 15, this time in a 1-0 win over the White Sox.

Aug. 29, 2000: Tampa Bay catcher John Flaherty singles leading off the ninth to break up no-hit bid. Martinez strikes out 13, and the only other Devil Ray to reach base is Gerald Williams, whom Martinez hits with the game's second pitch, inciting a bench-clearing brawl when Williams charges the mound.

2000 season: Throws seven complete games and four shutouts while compiling an 18-6 mark and 1.74 ERA in 29 starts; unanimous pick for his second straight Cy Young Award; set major league record by limiting opponents to .167 batting average; named to All-Star team but did not pitch.

May 30, 2001: Pitched eight strong innings (4 hits, 1 walk, 13 Ks) in beating Mike Mussina and the Yankees, 3-0.

June 15, 2001: Misses first of what will end up being 16 starts over course of the season with right shoulder inflammation.

2001 season: Went 7-3 with a 2.39 ERA in just 18 starts; still finished ninth in the AL in strikeouts (163) and held opposing hitters to a .199 batting average.

April 25, 2002: After allowing one hit over eight innings in his previous start (4-0 win over Royals), holds Baltimore to one hit in seven shutout innings of a 7-0 victory.

May 18, 2002: Struck out the side on nine pitches in the first inning of a 4-1 win over Seattle.

June 8, 2002: After starting the season 7-0, suffers his first loss, 3-2, to Curt Schilling and Arizona.

Aug. 30-Sept. 10, 2002: Misses two starts with soreness in left hip and groin.

2002 season: Compiles a 20-4 record with a 2.26 ERA and 239 Ks in 30 starts; finishes second in Cy Young voting to Oakland's Barry Zito; named to his fourth AL All-Star team.

April 7, 2003: After numerous threats from Martinez that he would never re-sign with the team if it did not do so, the Sox pick up his $17 million option for 2004.

April 12, 2003: In the home opener, allows a career-worst 10 runs on 9 hits and 4 walks in a 13-6 loss to Baltimore.

May 3, 2003: Throws his first nine-inning complete game (5 hits, 0 walks, 12 Ks) since 2000 season in beating Minnesota, 9-1.

May 16-June 11, 2003: Goes on the DL with a sore back, missing four starts, one of five on the season.

Sept. 16, 2003: His third complete game of the season, a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay, is his 100th in a Red Sox uniform.

Oct. 6, 2003: After a no-decision in Game 1 of the AL Division Series vs. Oakland, gets the win (7 innings, 7 hits, 3 runs) in the decisive 4-3 victory in Game 5.

Oct. 11, 2003: Is a central figure in a bench-clearing brawl, hitting Karim Garcia in the shoulder with a pitch in the fourth inning of Game 3 of the AL Championship Series with the Yankees. In the brawl in the bottom of the inning, Martinez tosses Don Zimmer to the ground when the Yankees bench coach charges menacingly at him. Martinez takes the defeat in a 4-3 loss to Clemens and the Yankees.

Oct. 16, 2003: He doesn't get the Game 7 loss, but no Red Sox fan ever will forget that he comes out for the eighth inning - when it appeared he was done after seven - with a three-run lead and allows the Yankees to tie the game at 5-5. Aaron Boone's HR in the 11th inning sends the Yankees to the World Series and the Sox home.

2003 season: Went 14-4 with an AL-best 2.22 ERA and 206 Ks in 29 starts.

April 5, 2004: After getting knocked around by the Orioles during a 7-2 Opening Day loss in Baltimore, leaves the park before the end of the game, forcing new manager Terry Francona to say that perhaps the club policy on the matter had not been properly conveyed to the star pitcher.

April 25, 2004: Helps complete a three-game sweep of the Yankees in New York with seven shutout innings (4 hits, 1 walk, 7 Ks) in a 2-0 Boston win.

June 8, 2004: Throws eight shutout innings (2 hits, 1 walk, 8 Ks) in beating David Wells and the Padres, 1-0.

Aug. 12, 2004: Tosses his only complete game of the season, shutting out the Devil Rays, 6-0, on six hits with no walks and 10 Ks.

Sept. 24, 2004: After getting clobbered by the Yankees for the second time in five days (16-7 and 16-8 losses), a frustrated Martinez says: ``What can I say? I just tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddy.''

Oct. 6, 2004: Allows three runs and six hits over seven innings in beating Anaheim, 8-3, in the second of a three-game sweep in the AL Division Series.

Oct. 13, 2004: Hearing it from Yankees fans - ``Who's your daddy?'' - comes up short in Game 2 of the AL Chamnpionship Series, allowing all three runs (6 hits, 6 IP) in a 3-1 loss in New York.

Oct. 20, 2004: After getting a no-decision in Boston's 14-inning, 5-4 victory in Game 5 - and taking criticism for not accompanying the team to New York for Game 6 - Martinez surprisingly comes out of the bullpen in the seventh inning of Game 7 with the Sox holding an 8-1 lead. The stunned Yankees fans come to life for a short while with more ``daddy'' chants, and Martinez allows two runs, but the Sox still coast into the World Series.

Oct. 26, 2004: With the Cardinals on the ropes, two games to none, as the World Series switches to St. Louis, Martinez brings Boston within one game of winning it all with a dazzling seven-inning performance (0 runs, 3 hits, 6 Ks).

Oct. 27, 2004: In the euphoria of the Sox' first World Series title in 86 years, is heard to say he wants to finish his career in Boston.

2004 season: Does not miss any starts and goes 16-9 with 227 Ks in 33 starts, but with a career-worst 3.90 ERA.

Dec. 13, 2004: Negotiates - and is on the verge of signing - a guaranteed four-year deal with the New York Mets.

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