July 14, 2012|Reuters
MLB Team Report – New York Yankees – INSIDE PITCH
Russell Martin’s first half was about as bad as any player in baseball. That’s what made the start to his second half so sweet.
Martin delivered the game-winning hit for the Yankees, who scored four times in the eighth inning to beat the Angels, 6-5, at Yankee Stadium. The catcher, who had already thrown out two would-be base-stealers, then closed the game by throwing out Howie Kendrick at second base when he tried to advance on a wild pitch.
« I feel a lot better now than I did before and during the game, » Martin said. « It’s a good way to start the second half, a W, and I’m starting to feel a little bit better about myself. That’s never a bad thing. »
Martin ended the first half in a 1-for-31 funk, a stretch that started 0-for-30 before he got a base hit in his final at-bat before the break. Dating back to June 11, Martin had been 5-for-59 (.085), battling a bad back as he tried to figure out how to get out of his slump.
He opened the second half with two groundouts and a walk, but after Mark Teixeira tied the game with a three-run homer in the eighth, Martin came to bat with runners at first and second and two outs, lining a single to the opposite field to give the Yankees the lead.
« It’s just one game, » Martin said. « It was a good game for me today. Just going to try to go out there and play with the same intensity that I did today and hopefully it will translate into a couple of good games. Next thing you know, maybe I’m rolling. »
MLB Team Report – New York Yankees – NOTES, QUOTES
–1B Mark Teixeira went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and five RBI in the Yankees’ 6-5 win Friday, his three-run homer in the eighth inning tying the game. It was Teixeira’s third multi-homer game this season, the 36th of his career. He has driven in at least five runs in each of his multi-homer games this season.
–RHP Hiroki Kuroda allowed five runs on eight hits over 7 1/3 innings, though four of them came after the sixth. Kuroda had held the Angels to one run on three hits through six, but LF Mark Trumbo belted a three-run homer in the seventh to give the Angels the lead. With the no-decision, Kuroda is 5-1 with a 2.90 ERA in his last nine starts.
–2B Robinson Cano extended his season-high hitting streak to 16 games, going 1-for-4 Friday night. Cano is hitting .385 (25-for-65) during the streak, which is the fourth longest of his career and the longest by any Yankee this season.
–C Austin Romine began a minor-league rehab assignment Friday with the Gulf Coast League Yankees, going 0-for-2 with an RBI while playing three innings behind the plate. Romine has been out of action since spring training with a back injury.
–LHP CC Sabathia threw a two-inning simulated game Friday afternoon, throwing 30 pitches to three Yankees hitters. Sabathia reported no problems with his strained left groin, so he’ll throw another bullpen session Sunday and start Tuesday. Sabathia has been on the disabled list since June 27.
BY THE NUMBERS: 1,817 — SS Derek Jeter passed Carl Yastrzemski for sole possession of 16th place on baseball’s all-time runs scored list.
QUOTE TO NOTE: « If he doesn’t make that catch, we probably don’t get back in that game. You can hit a three-run homer, but you can’t hit a five-run homer. » — 1B Mark Teixeira, on the catch made by RF Nick Swisher in the eighth inning that stole a potential two-run homer from Angels LF Mark Trumbo. The catch held the Angels’ lead at three runs, allowing Teixeira to tie the game with a homer in the bottom of the inning.
MLB Team Report – New York Yankees – ROSTER REPORT
–LHP CC Sabathia (strained left adductor muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 25. He threw a bullpen session July 8, and threw a two-inning simulated game July 13. Sabathia reported no problems with his strained left groin, so he’ll throw another bullpen session July 15 and start July 17.
–OF Austin Romine (lower back strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 12. He began a minor-league rehab assignment July 13 with the Gulf Coast League Yankees.
–LHP Andy Pettitte (fractured lower left fibula) went on the 60-day disabled list June 28.