July 7, 2005

Pedro Martinez pulls out of All-Star Game

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - New York Mets pitcher
Pedro Martinez has pulled out of Tuesday's All-Star Game in

Martinez, second in the National League (NL) with 129
strikeouts, said on Thursday that it was not right to occupy a
roster spot if he was unavailable to pitch.

"I'll concede my place on the team," he said.

Martinez, who has a 9-3 record and a 2.80 earned run
average, is scheduled to pitch for the Mets in Pittsburgh on

"Normally I don't throw 100 percent two days later," he

Billy Wagner of the Philadelphia Phillies was added to the
NL roster as a replacement for Martinez. He is 1-1 with 20
saves in 22 chances this year.

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was also named to the
team, replacing Cesar Izturis of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Chicago White Sox outfielder Scott Podsednik and Houston
Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt won the final spots in the All-Star
Game following a vote by fans.

Podsednik will represent the American League and Oswalt the