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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 25, 2001

Martinez pleased in return

FORT MYERS -- Pedro Martinez felt fine Saturday after throwing off a mound for the first time in nearly five months.

After winning his second straight Cy Young award, the Boston Red Sox ace wanted to rest the oblique muscle in his right side that had put him on the disabled list when it became strained. He also finished last season with a sore right knee.

He threw 52 pitches, mostly fastballs, on Saturday. It was the first time he threw off a mound since Sept. 26 when he went five innings, striking out six, walking none and allowing one hit in a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.

"My arm is in good shape," Martinez said. "I didn't feel uncomfortable out there."

BREWERS: Sluggers Richie Sexson and Geoff Jenkins signed four-year deals. The Associated Press reported Sexson's deal was for $17.5-million and Jenkins' was $18-million. "He got more," Sexson said. "So, he's buying (dinner)." Manager Davey Lopes said: "It addresses a lot of that negative thought process when you're in a market such as us that we're not going to be able to keep guys."

D'BACKS: Left-hander Greg Swindell, 36, signed a two-year contract extension through the 2003 season, with a club option for 2004.

DODGERS: Gary Sheffield made amends with his teammates, although he said he won't be happy if he starts the season with Los Angeles. Sheffield said he was misquoted in an article that attacked teammates Darren Dreifort, Eric Karros, Shawn Green, Kevin Brown and Carlos Perez. "It's good to have Gary back," reliever Jesse Orosco said. "Whatever happened happened. Everyone seems to be fine."

INDIANS: Perennial Gold Glove shortstop Omar Vizquel, who has grumbled about being underpaid compared with other shortstops, said he is close to signing an extension. Vizquel, who has won eight straight Gold Gloves, is signed through the 2002 season at $3-million a year. ... Chuck Finley, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in January, threw off the mound for the first time and said the knee was fine.

RANGERS: Four signed one-year contracts: outfielders Ruben Mateo and Ricky Ledee and right-handers Francisco Cordero and Ryan Glynn.

TWINS: Three signed one-year contracts: outfielder Jacque Jones, catcher Danny Ardoin and pitcher Kyle Lohse.

WHITE SOX: First baseman Frank Thomas, looking for more money, skipped his fourth straight workout. Manager Jerry Manuel said the team would prepare for the season without Thomas and use veteran non-roster invitee Harold Baines as a backup at first and designated hitter.

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