On July 28, two days after he is inducted into the Hall of Fame, the Red Sox will retire the No. 45 worn by Pedro Martinez.
Martinez was a first-ballot Hall of Famer. The three-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star was with the Sox from 1998-2004. Martinez finished in the top four of the Cy Young voting in six of his seven seasons in Boston.
From 1999-2003, Martinez was 82-21 with a 2.10 earned run average while averaging 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings. He struck out 313 in 1999, a team record.
Martinez will join Bobby Doerr (No. 1), Joe Cronin (No. 4), Johnny Pesky (No. 6), Carl Yastrzemski (No. 8), Ted Williams (No. 9), Jim Rice (No. 14), and Carlton Fisk (No. 27) on the right-field facade at Fenway Park along with Jackie Robinson’s No. 42.
“For me personally, he was one of the most incredible pitchers I’ve had the privilege of watching, and one of the reasons our ownership group arrived here in 2002,” said Red Sox principal owner John Henry, who also owns the Globe. “We very much look forward to honoring Pedro’s remarkable career this July.”
Martinez was 219-100 with a 2.93 ERA and 3,154 strikeouts in his 18-year career. Opponents hit .214 against him with a .276 on-base percentage, the lowest since the live-ball era started in 1920.
Martinez returned to the Red Sox organization in January 2013 as a special assistant to the general manager.
Mookie Betts was named the American League Player of the Week. He was 18 of 31 (.581) with three doubles, two triples, two home runs, eight runs, and seven RBIs. Betts led the majors in batting average, hits, on-base percentage (.594), and total bases (31) for the week. Mike Napoli was named the AL Player of the Week on May 26.
When the Red Sox won 97 games and then the World Series in 2013, manager John Farrell used Jacoby Ellsbury, Shane Victorino, and Dustin Pedroia on top of the batting order 97 times during the regular season and 13 times in the postseason.
The trio provided the fuel for a high-powered offense, putting heat on opposing defenses with high on-base percentages, speed, and the ability to hit for power.
During Sunday’s 13-2 victory against the Kansas City Royals, Farrell found a reasonable copy of that group in Betts, Brock Holt, and Pedroia.
They had nine hits, scored seven runs and drove in six. There were five doubles, two triples, and a home run.
“It’s giving us a little bit different look,” said Farrell. “There’s certainly consistency with those three guys right now.
“There’s the ability to put some pressure on the opposing pitcher with the threat of the stolen base. Those three guys are clicking right now.”
Betts has hit safely in nine consecutive games, going 20 of 36 to raise his batting average to .277 and on-base percentage to .329.
Holt, who has started the last 16 games, is hitting .318 with a .407 OPB. Pedroia also is swinging the bat well, hitting .307 with an .820 OPS.
David Ortiz, who hit fourth Sunday, hopes Betts, Holt, and Pedroia stay where they are to see where it leads the 31-40 Red Sox.
“They’ve been swinging the bat unbelievable,” he said.
In the last 16 games, Holt has started in right and left field, as well as first base, second base, shortstop, and third base. Moving forward and barring injuries at other positions, Holt could see most of his playing time in right field.
“Being up there [in the order] with him is a blessing,” Betts said. “I know Brock, no matter where you put him, he’s going to show up ready to play. That’s the kind of person he is.”
Betts thinks speed can help.
“That may get some guys more pitches to hit,” he said. “It’s not just stealing bases and going first to third on a base hit. We need to manufacture runs.”
All right in left
An unusual thing happened during the five-game road trip that was completed Sunday: Hanley Ramirez played five uneventful games in left field. There were no errors, misjudged balls, or even an awkward route to a fly ball. Ramirez handled everything that came his way and on Sunday made two running catches, one going toward the foul line. “In the bigger ballparks, honestly, I don’t know if it’s the confined space in Fenway where maybe he feels a little restricted,” said Farrell. “[In Atlanta and Kansas City] he got really good jumps on some balls. Very encouraging defense the last few days from him.”
In the latest All-Star voting, the only Red Sox player in the top five at his position is shortstop Xander Bogaerts. He is in fifth place, 7.4 million votes behind Alcides Escobar of the Royals. Through Sunday, Bogaerts had a .734 OPS and Escobar a .675. The online voting ends July 2 . . . The Sox promoted outfielder Manuel Margot to Double A Portland. The 20-year-old from the Dominican Republic is ranked as one of the top prospects in the organization. He hit .282 with a .741 OPS at High Single A Salem. Margot had 70 plate appearances to start the season before striking out . . . The Red Sox open a three-game homestand against the Orioles Tuesday. Joe Kelly, who starts Tuesday, has a 3.27 earned run average in his last four starts . . . Catcher Ryan Hanigan, who fractured his right hand in May, started his rehab assignment with the PawSox Monday night against Rochester. He played six innings behind the plate and went 0 for 3 and scored a run.