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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Pedro Martinez was a strange sight in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse Thursday — more muscular and, for a change, an early arrival at spring training.

Then he took the field and looked like the same old Pedro. He threw smoothly and showed no sign of the worst injury of his brilliant career.

“I haven’t gassed it up yet, but I’ve been feeling really good,” Martinez said.

Credit an offseason program in his native Dominican Republic in which he lifted weights regularly for the first time. He said he took just seven days off and spent so much time in the gym that he sometimes didn’t get to his boat, where he listened to music, until 10 p.m.

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