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Francona plans on him in New York

BOSTON -- Pedro Martinez will still miss Boston's opening series against the New York Yankees even though the Red Sox shook up the rest of their rotation Tuesday.

A daylong rain washed out the night game against Baltimore and
forced Boston manager Terry Francona to consider several ways to
realign his rotation.

He changed the scheduled pitching days for four starters, but
not for Martinez, a move that took some of the glamour out of the
four-game series starting Friday night at Fenway Park.

"I'm trying to understand the electricity that goes on with the
fans and the Yankees," Francona said, "but I don't think you can
ruin your rotation ... because of that point."

So Tim Wakefield will pitch Friday night's series opener, with
Curt Schilling, Bronson Arroyo and Derek Lowe working the other
three games.

The postponement caused less shuffling of Baltimore's rotation.
Kurt Ainsworth, who was scheduled to pitch Tuesday, will miss the series with Sidney Ponson and Matt Riley making their
scheduled starts on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

The game will not be re-scheduled during the current series, the
Red Sox announced.

The postponement allows Francona to set up his rotation in a way
he didn't think he could so early in the season with
knuckleballer Wakefield throwing between power pitchers Martinez
and Schilling.

"I just think it can give us a different look three nights in a
row," Francona said. "This was an opportunity to do it without a
ton of headaches."

If Martinez's start were pushed back a day to Friday, he likely
would have missed the three-game series the following weekend in
New York in which he was scheduled to pitch the final game.

But with rain forecast for Wednesday and the possibility of
another rainout, might Martinez end up facing the Yankees at Fenway
after all?

Francona said the rotation would have to be adjusted again but
he wouldn't say how. And he said he doesn't expect a doubleheader
Thursday even if there's another rainout.

Lowe, who was scheduled to pitch Tuesday, is now slated to work
Wednesday. Schilling and Arroyo also were pushed back a day.

The last pitch Martinez threw against the Yankees ended up as a
popup by Jorge Posada that fell for a two-run double in short
center field Oct. 16 in New York. The eighth-inning hit tied
the seventh game of the AL championship series 5-5 and the Yankees
won on Aaron Boone's 11th-inning homer off Wakefield.

Francona said having Martinez face the Yankees in New York
rather than in Boston fits his plan for the
rotation.

"I understand when you talk about the Yankees (rivalry)," he
said, "but we have a lot of other games and if we win when we play
we're going to be OK, whether that's the Yankees, the Blue Jays,
the Orioles."

The postponement, combined with Monday's day off, gave Boston's
overworked bullpen a chance to recover. Scott Williamson, bypassed
in Sunday's 6-4 win over Toronto because of a sore elbow, felt fine
Tuesday.

"You get the rainout so you get an extra day (off)," he said.
"So it helps out everybody. It definitely helps the bullpen."

And if Francona's revamped rotation succeeds, the bullpen should
get even more rest.

"We gave thought to about eight different things" before
deciding, he said. "We think this is the most practical and it
will best suit out ballclub and our pitchers."

Notes

CF Johnny Damon, who missed the last two games because of a
swollen knee after hitting a ball off his kneecap, was in the
lineup posted for Tuesday. ... RF Trot Nixon, on the disabled list
because of a mildly herniated disc, is expected to swing the bat on
Wednesday and Thursday. He has been undergoing treatment in Miami.
... SS Nomar Garciaparra, on the disabled list with tendinitis in
his right Achilles tendon, is making slow progress, Francona said.