Saturday, April 9, 2011
A lot of people were disappointed when the Yankees announced they had signed veteran catcher Russell Martin this past off-season. They looked at it as a roadblock for Jesus Montero's progression to the Major Leagues. But not too many people are complaining about Martin right now.
The former Dodger continued his fast start by clubbing a pair of home runs this afternoon as the Yankees outscored the Boston Red Sox 9-4 at Fenway Park. In addition to Martin's pair of blasts, Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano went deep to give birthday boy (26) David Robertson his first win of the season.
Ivan Nova started for the Yankees and pitched out of several jams, but couldn't make it out of the 5th inning. A Cano mishandled double play ball could have ended the 5th and continued Nova's day, but instead it led to a Dustin Pedroia 2-run double that cut the Yankees lead to 5-4. The Yankees pen was solid though, especially Robertson and Joba Chamberlain, who got the Yankees through the 7th. (Luis Ayala mopped up the final two frames).
The Yankees got off to a fast start against Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz with a pair of runs in the 2nd inning and Martin helped send him to an early shower in the 4th. After Granderson walked, Eric Chavez stroked one of his three hits, a double off the Monster, and Martin followed with his first home run of the day. Singles by Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez (sandwiched around an out) ended Buchholz's day, his shortest non-injury outing since last July 21.
With Nick Swisher aboard, Granderson slugged his second home run of the season, off Felix Doubrant, in the 5th to give the Yankees some much needed breathing room. Cano's solo home run an inning later came off ex-teammate Al Aceves, as did Martin's second shot in the 7th.
Derek Jeter was 1-4 and now needs 67 hits to reach 3,000.
Robinson Cano was 3-5 and is a .367 career hitter at Fenway Park.
Russell Martin is hitting .321 with 3 HR, 9 RBI, and 2 SBs in 8 games.