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DENNIS MARTINEZ FINDS A PLACE

Dennis Martinez, who couldn't make it as the ancient Mariner, got back into the major leagues when the Atlanta Braves placed him on the opening-day roster.

Martinez, who will be 43 in May, began last season in Seattle's rotation but was cut May 24 after going 1-5 with a 7.71 ERA. Troubled by elbow and knee troubles, he sat out the rest of the season, then pitched well enough in the Puerto Rico winter league to earn a tryout with the Braves as a non-roster player.

"I had to show I was healthy and could get people out. I did that," said Martinez, who was 0-2 with a 5.00 ERA in spring training. "Still, I was excited when I heard the news."

He is only two victories behind Juan Marichal as the winningest Latin American pitcher in baseball history. Martinez will work as the Braves' fifth starter until injured John Smoltz is activated.

With a day to go before the start of the season, teams made moves to get their active rosters down to the 25-man limit. The Cardinals and Mets traded pitchers, with right-hander starter Juan Acevedo going to St. Louis for left-hander Rigo Beltran.

Acevedo, 27, was 3-1 with a 3.59 ERA in two starts and 23 relief appearances last season. He is 7-7 with a 5.24 ERA in 42 career appearances with Colorado (1995) and the Mets. Beltran, 28, went 1-2 with a 3.48 ERA.

A few veterans who had been at spring training as non-roster players were added to rosters over the weekend, including Ozzie Guillen (Baltimore) and Mark Langston (San Diego).

Also, Texas pitcher Jose Guzman announced his retirement.

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