RED SOX 4, MARINERS 1
John Lennon's Revolution 9—the tuneless dirge that drones "Number nine, number nine"—should have been blaring in the visitors' clubhouse before last Saturday's game at Fenway Park. The Mariners were facing Pedro Martinez, who in nine career games against them was 9-0 with an 0.91 ERA. Could they break their streak of futility? Pedro quickly made the answer clear: nein. In the first inning he struck out the side on nine pitches, a feat rarer than a no-hitter. Martinez became just the 35th pitcher in major league history to do it.
By the end of the day Martinez had thrown 99 pitches (73 for strikes) and struck out nine. ( Seattle did score on a solo home run by Ruben Sierra.) In his ninth start of the season, Martinez put to rest any worries that he's still recovering from a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder that sidelined him for nearly three months last season. He's now 6-0 and pitching as well as he dresses—that is, to the nines.