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What if … Little had gone to his bullpen earlier?

Updated: October 24, 2008, 9:29 PM ET
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

GAME 7, 2003 ALCS

What happened: After seven innings, Pedro Martinez and the Red Sox owned a 5-2 lead over the Yankees. Martinez had pitched well, but he'd also thrown 21 pitches in a shaky seventh inning, and 100 pitches in the game. All season long, manager Grady Little had usually pulled Martinez when he was around 100 pitches; when Pedro had been allowed to throw many more than 100 pitches, he hadn't fared well. But in the top of the eighth, David Ortiz homered to give the Red Sox a ...

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