|Monday, September 23
Updated: September 24, 5:48 PM ET
Pedro says he's done, but Little not so sure
ESPN.com news services
Pedro Martinez got his 20th victory Sunday. The question now is this: Will he get his way and not pitch again this season?
With the Red Sox out of playoff contention heading into the final week of the regular season, the schedule still would have called for Martinez to make one more start -- Saturday at Fenway Park. But he laid that idea to rest once he beat the Baltimore Orioles and joined the 20-win company of fellow Cy Young candidates Barry Zito (22-5) of Oakland and teammate Derek Lowe (21-7).
"This is it," Martinez told reporters after Sunday's game. "I'm done. To ask for a little more would be greedy. I'm going to let (prospect Josh) Hancock show what he has, to see if he can be of any help to us next year. I don't have anything else to prove."
Red Sox manager Grady Little tentatively has scheduled Hancock to pitch Thursday in Chicago. Whether Martinez makes one final start would not prevent Hancock from making an appearance before the season's out.
"We'll sleep on it and let (Martinez) sleep on it," Little told the Hartford Courant. "If I had to guess, I would think he would want to make that start. But we'll make that decision."
Martinez also told reporters he was willing to take the chance that skipping his final start would not cost him a fourth Cy Young -- and the $500,000 bonus that would accompany it.
"I'm not going to take a chance of getting hurt in my next outing," he said.
If Martinez could vote for a Cy Young winner, he said, "I would break it even between me and D-Lowe."