Boston Red Sox defeat Oakland Athletics, 11-3

The closest thing to Pedro Martinez last night at Fenway Park was a giant bobblehead doll in the Red Sox dugout.

For the second straight year, Martinez returned home to the Dominican Republic before the All-Star break with the team's permission.

Martinez, who skipped the final game before the break last year, will miss the last three before the scheduled rest period this year. He asked manager Terry Francona for permission early in the week and Francona weighed the requ...