Heavy-hearted Martinez ready to focus on pitching after father's funeral

Updated: July 29, 2008, 8:50 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Pedro Martinez was greeted with hugs and handshakes from teammates and manager Jerry Manuel in the New York Mets clubhouse Tuesday when he returned from the Dominican Republic after attending his father's funeral.

The right-hander said baseball has been an afterthought, but he'll now make pitching a priority as he prepares to start Friday against the Houston Astros.

"All the distractions were a little uncomfortable to deal with," Martinez said, "but now I know he's at peace."

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