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Martinez works 5 in second rehab start

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 23, 2013 at 04:40 AM
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Pedro Martinez allowed five runs - four earned - and three hits in five innings of a rehab start Friday night for the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Philadelphia Phillies' top minor-league affiliate.

Using a fastball that reached 93 mph on the stadium radar gun and an effective changeup, Martinez breezed through four innings against the Columbus Clippers, allowing only one run. He then gave up four more runs in a 35-pitch fifth.

Martinez threw 84 pitches total, striking out four and walking three, in what could be his final rehab start before joining the defending World Series champion Phillies.

BRAVES: Tim Hudson's comeback has suffered a setback. The right-hander was scratched from his second injury rehabilitation game with Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday night after mildly straining his groin while warming up for his scheduled start against Rochester. He will be evaluated by the Braves' medical staff today in Atlanta.

PADRES: The team fired hitting coach Jim Lefebvre and replaced him with Randy Ready.

The Padres were last in the majors in runs scored (380) and batting average (.232), and 29th in on-base percentage (.309) entering Friday's action.

REDS: Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo admits he took amphetamines. Whether that put him on the 2003 list of players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, he says he's not sure.

"What I said was anybody could be on the list," Arroyo said before Cincinnati played Colorado on Friday night. "I said I wouldn't be surprised if I was."

Arroyo, who played for the Boston Red Sox from 2003-05, was quoted in Friday's Boston Herald as saying he took androstenedione and amphetamines, which could have produced positive tests.

Any player who tested positive was supposed to be informed by the players' union, and Arroyo said he was never notified.

RED SOX: Daisuke Matsuzaka was transferred to the 60-day disabled list, meaning the Japanese phenom won't be eligible to pitch again until Aug. 18.

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