Pedro Martinez (1-0, 5.40) makes his second start in a Phillies uniform and first at Citizens Bank Park tonight against Jon Garland (6-10, 4.28) and the Diamondbacks. First pitch is 7:05.
Notes: After one start, it's hard to know where to stand with Pedro. On one hand, the results weren't much different from Rodrigo Lopez, then again, it was his first non-rehab start since Sept. 2008. It will be interesting to see how his arm rebounds after dialing it up the low 90s, velocity he hasn't consistently touched in years. ... Responding to Beerleaguer's previous entry on September call-ups, R-Phils beat writer Mike Drago urges Beerleaguers not to give up on Brad Harman. Even though he's hitting close to the Mendoza Line, his defense alone and young age is worth keeping for an organization lacking sound middle infielders. ... Tonight's post is brought to you by the good people at Sony Pictures Classics for sending a preview copy of "Sugar," the inspirational new film about a 19-year-old Dominican struggling to make it in American baseball. A.O. Scott of the New York Times called it "A wise and lovely film," but more importantly, Pedro Martinez himself, who is interviewed in the DVD special feature, is quoted right on the cover saying "It's very real and has a really good message." You can pre-order it here.