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Martinez Battling Against All Odds

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The Phillies bench is certainly a work in progress and at least a couple of the jobs are wide open. Even with those help wanted signs, the odds are long for young Michael Martinez, who is fighting for a spot riding the pines in Philly.

Over the years, the Phillies have done all right with at least a couple of their choices in the Rule 5 Draft. Years back, Dave Hollins became a nice part of the Phillies, including being the club's starting third baseman during that magical 1993 season. Last season, David Herndon battled through a tough season, but finished with a 4.30 ERA even though he hadn't pitched above Double-A ball in the...

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