NEW YORK -- If anyone thought they might have seen the last of Pedro Martinez as a big league pitcher Thursday night, think again.
Asked if he wanted to return again next season, Martinez said: "I think you're going to have to ask me that question after the World Series. If we win the World Series, I'd suggest you fly to Dominican and come and ask me. If we don't win it, I'll probably give it another shot. I did well in this game today. I'm perfectly healthy. I threw 107 pitches and I feel totally fresh. I feel really good." No one could argue. Martinez, facing the Yankees in New York for the 17th time, took the loss, but kept the Bombers off balance for most of his six innings. Like CC Sabathia in Wednesday night's 6-1 Game 1 loss, he made two bad pitches that turned into solo homers: to Mark Teixeira leading off the fourth inning and to Hideki Matsui with two out in the sixth. "I think it was a high changeup, and I wanted to be aggressive off him," Teixeira said about the pitch he hit for his first World Series home run. "If you get down in the count against Pedro with the way that his offspeed pitches were being thrown tonight, he was going to put you away. It was a 1-0 count and I saw a pitch up in the zone and I let it fly." He wasn't exactly the Pedro of old, but after arm injuries, surgery and almost a year off, he mixed up his pitches, striking out eight, walking two and allowing all three runs on just six hits. "Yeah, that's all I could do for today," he said. "I don't feel like I saved anything. I did everything I could to beat those guys. I'm extremely proud and happy being able to participate, compete against a real, real good team, a very solid team. I was able to put my team in position to win that game. At the same time, I proved to myself that I made the right decision by coming back to put myself in position to pitch in the World Series."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.