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Stephen Cannella
April 01, 2002
Many teams take advantage of the frequent off days in April to go with a four-man rotation early in the season. Not the Red Sox, who are looking for ways to prevent the fragile Pedro Martinez from breaking down for the fourth straight season. Boston plans to give its ace five days of rest, instead of the usual four, between his first three starts....
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April 01, 2002

The Hot Corner

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Many teams take advantage of the frequent off days in April to go with a four-man rotation early in the season. Not the Red Sox, who are looking for ways to prevent the fragile Pedro Martinez from breaking down for the fourth straight season. Boston plans to give its ace five days of rest, instead of the usual four, between his first three starts....

Cubs righthander Kerry Wood, who had elbow surgery three years ago and missed a month last season with shoulder tendinitis, has stopped throwing the sweeping slider that dazzled hitters when he came up in 1998. Instead he will use a cut fastball and a sharper curveball to place less stress on his arm....

In spring training Dodgers lefthander Kazuhisa Ishii has worked with a personal trainer and adopted a rigorous throwing program to more closely match the heavier workload he was accustomed to in Japan. Instead of throwing just once in the bullpen between starts, he took only one day off from mound work, a pattern he may continue during the season.

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