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Andy Behrens

Closing Time: Pedro allows 4 runs, clutches leg, limps away

We'll end each day of the MLB season with a review of performances, injuries, and closer implosions that have fantasy significance. This wrap-up will be called "Closing Time," and it will usually happen late. Sorry, it's for vindicated juicers only.

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Pedro Martinez began his night by hitting Hanley Ramirez (classic Pedro), then allowing a home run to Dan Uggla (less classic). He gave up two more runs in the second inning, had a 1-2-3 third, then left with one out in the fourth, gripping the back of his leg. The Mets are calling it a left hamstring strain.

It's not like you didn't expect a visit to the DL at some point, but most of us didn't think it would happen in April. (Not that it has...yet). The Mets have off-days on Thursday and Monday, so they can work around at least one missed start.

Willie Randolph told the NY Daily News, "He said he felt a little twinge or a pop."

As of 9:00 p.m. PT, nearly 2,000 of you had already dropped Pedro. That seems premature. It's especially crazy if the guy you're picking up is today's most-added pitcher, Livan Hernandez.

* The Angels' Mike Napoli homered tonight. He's available in 87 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and he's a reasonable option for Victor Martinez owners right now.

* With J.D. Drew on his deathbed, Jacoby Ellsbury started in right in Oakland. Coco Crisp got the start in center, and hit eighth.

* Fuentes and Corpas were perfect for the Rockies, while Chamberlain and Rivera weren't so bad for the Yankees.

* Juan Pierre began a new consecutive games streak tonight. He started in left for L.A. and hit seventh, while last night's No. 3 hitter, Matt Kemp, started nowhere. Kemp pinch-hit for Pierre in the sixth, though.

* Here's how Vin Scully described the Giants' offense: "It's like getting attacked by an angry moth." At that exact moment, San Francisco had played 15 innings without scoring a run, and without an extra base hit. Chad Billingsley gets the Moth tomorrow.

* OK, that's not really on Joaquin Benoit. An E6 and an E4 in the eighth inning allowed the Mariners to tie it up 3-3 and load the bases with one out. Richie Sexson whiffed, but a wild pitch to Adrian Beltre scored the go-ahead run.

...Oh. And then Josh Hamilton crushed a J.J. Putz fastball, and the Rangers took back the lead. C.J. Wilson eventually got the save, retiring Ichiro on a grounder with Yuniesky Betancourt in scoring position.

Nice night for the 9.2 percent-owned Betancourt: 4/5, 1 R, 1 RBI.

* Delwyn Young delivered a pinch-hit, game-ending infield single that Ray Durham couldn't quite convert into an out. Takashi Saito gets the win after pitching a perfect ninth, striking out everyone he faced.

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