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It always was a no-brainer – Pedro Martinez, a Hall of Famer. Despite his relatively short career, at least compared to the Suttons, Blylevens and Ryans, guys that seemingly pitched with grandkids at home, there was never any doubt when you ask the “Is he a Hall of Famer?” question about Pedro.

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Rob Oppenheim is currently among the Top 20 golfers in the Web.com Tour. The Andover native, 32, was a former high school baseball player for Andover High.

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ST. LOUIS — Pedro Martinez spoke about Boston in the past tense last night. If he indeed pitched his last game for the Red Sox, at least he gave his fans one final memory.

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With the final outs ticking away in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series Thursday night, a chant reverberated through Yankee Stadium: “We want Pedro! We want Pedro!”

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CLEVELAND — Pedro Martinez wouldn’t let anything ruin Boston’s improbable comeback — or his own.

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BOSTON—Red Sox trainer Jim Rowe engaged in small talk before yesterday’s game. “Think you’ll be icing any bruised ribs or forearms today?” he was asked.

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This Week's Circulars

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SALEM — Before there were the groundbreaking stories and accolades, before Columbia and Tufts universities, there was Rachel Zoll's hometown of Salem, where lifelong friends this week recalled a warm, kind, and fiercely intelligent young woman. 

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Ch. 4 sportscaster Dan Roche, of Andover, has covered Boston sports and the Red Sox for 30-plus years. Baseball and the Red Sox are his favorites.

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North Andover resident Dave McGillivray is race director for the Boston Marathon and the Feaster Five Road Race. He is still an avid runner, having completed 43 consecutive Boston Marathons. He also runs his age, in miles, every year on his birthday (he turns 61 on Aug. 22).

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Jeff Allison grew up in Peabody and was the 16th overall pick in the 2003 MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins. His story of losing everything due to drug abuse, and eventually his career, is well-documented. He speaks at local high schools about the travails with drugs.

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BOSTON — It started innocently enough, at least by Pedro standards.

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Ex-Boston Bruin Bob Sweeney, who grew up in Boxborough, Mass. and currently resides in North Andover, played 11 years in the NHL and is an avid sports fan.

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Dennis Eckersley played 24 seasons in the major leagues and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004. He played eight seasons with the Red Sox, including his last in 1998, which was Pedro’s first with the Red Sox. In fact, Eckersley pitched one inning in Pedro’s first start on ope…

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When Pedro was traded from Los Angeles to the Expos, Montreal teammate Marquis Grissom announced that it was the “deal of the century... for the Dodgers.”

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FENWAY PARK — In boxing parlance, the Red Sox have in Mo Vaughn and Pedro Martinez, a thunderous left hook and a tremendous right cross.

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Carl Yastrzemski was a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 1989, currently resides in Boxford and has watched most Red Sox games since retiring after the 1983 season:

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Under an Opening Night banner, it all unfolded exactly as the Red Sox had planned it over the off-season.