It might be a little while before Pedro Martinez returns to his dominant old self. He took a big first step just by getting back on the mound, then went out and won.
The 36-year-old Martinez came off the disabled list to make his second 2008 start Tuesday night for the New York Mets in a 9-6 victory over the San Francisco Giants, more than two months after leaving his first start of the year April 1 with a hamstring injury. Martinez (1-0) even hit a pair of singles and drove in a run to help his cause and boost his line, which read: six innings, seven hits, three runs, three walks and three strikeouts on 109 pitches. He received a standing ovation when he walked off the mound after the sixth to finish his night, then was greeted with a hug from catcher Ramon Castro in the dugout. The pitcher sat down and was all smiles.