By HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer
BOSTON (AP) _ Russell Martin is healthy again and now he’s
hurting the Boston Red Sox.
The Yankees’ new catcher hit two homers and drove in four runs
from the ninth spot in a power-packed lineup as New York won 9-4 on
He chose New York over Boston and Toronto when he signed as a
free agent in December after an injury-plagued season with the Los
Angeles Dodgers. In eight games, he’s hitting .321 with three
homers and eight RBIs.
The Red Sox, meanwhile, have just one win in eight games.
“I’m healthy,” Martin said. “I’ve been healthy since the
beginning of the season, so it definitely is a good feeling. I feel
like it’s been a while.”
His 2010 season ended on Aug. 3 when he broke his right hip and
tore a labrum against San Diego while tagging up from third. He hit
just .248 with five homers and 26 RBIs in 97 games after being
chosen as an NL All-Star in 2007 and 2008.
He saw nothing special about playing in Fenway Park, where he
could have ended up as the starting catcher.
“I’ve got the Yankee uniform on and that’s really who I play
for right now and that’s all I really care about,” he said. “The
Red Sox, I think they were a little iffy with the injuries that I
had and they weren’t too sure.”
Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano also went deep for the
Yankees, who already have 18 homers through eight games. The Red
Sox have allowed 19 in their eight games.
David Robertson (1-0) pitched 1 2-3 perfect innings after
starter Ivan Nova was lifted with one out in the fifth with the
Yankees leading 7-4. Clay Buchholz (0-2) allowed five runs on eight
hits in 3 2-3 innings as Boston’s starters continued to struggle.
The Red Sox cut their deficit to 5-4 with three runs in the
fourth before Granderson hit a two-run homer in the fifth. Cano and
Martin added solo shots in the sixth and seventh.
Cano fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle when he
grounded out in the eighth inning, but went 3 for 4 and raised his
batting average at Fenway Park to .465 (20 for 43) since the start
of the 2010 season.
“I know I do really good here,” he said, “but I think it’s
The Red Sox began a 10-game homestand Friday with a 9-6 win over
the Yankees after going 0-6 on the road, their worst start to a
season since 0-8 in 1945.
They reverted to form on Saturday.
The Yankees went ahead 2-0 in the second on an error by
shortstop Jed Lowrie, a double by Cano, a run-scoring groundout by
Nick Swisher and an RBI double by Eric Chavez, his first hit with
Boston got within 2-1 in the third when Dustin Pedroia doubled,
took third on a groundout and scored when Kevin Youkilis grounded
to shortstop Derek Jeter. But New York increased that lead to 5-1
before Buchholz retired a batter in the third.
“They’re just a team that’s going to make you throw strikes and
work the counts,” Buchholz said. “I got deep into a couple of
counts with a couple of guys and I had to throw strikes. I didn’t
want to walk everybody. They put the bat on the ball in a couple of
Granderson walked, Chavez doubled and Martin, who signed a $4
million, one-year contract in the offseason, hit a three-run homer.
“I saw him as a very productive player,” Yankees manager Joe
Girardi said. “I wasn’t saying he was going to hit 30 homers and
120 RBIs, but I thought he’d be a productive player in our lineup,
because he could do so many things.”
Buchholz left the game after Jeter and Alex Rodriguez singled
later in the third.
In eight games, Boston’s starters are 1-5 with a 7.41 ERA while
allowing 12 homers in 41 innings.
“We’re walking some people and there’s as lot of deep counts,”
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “We’re getting some early
exits (from starters) and we’re asking a lot of our bullpen,
especially early in the season.”
The Red Sox struck back with three runs in the fourth when
Jacoby Ellsbury grounded into a run-scoring force play and Pedroia
hit a two-run double, but they didn’t score again.
The Yankees, meanwhile added two in the fifth off reliever Felix
Doubront when Granderson hit his second homer of the season after
Swisher doubled. Cano added his second homer and Martin hit his
third, both off former Yankee Alfredo Aceves.
NOTES: The Yankees have homered in seven of their eight games
and have at least two homers in six of them. … Buchholz allowed
four solo homers in his other appearance this year, a 5-1 loss at
Texas in which he worked 6 1-3 innings. … Jim Calhoun, coach of
the NCAA basketball champion Connecticut Huskies, threw out a
ceremonial first pitch. … Pedroia had three doubles after getting
three hits, including a homer on Friday.
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