07/07/12 12:36 PM ET
Girardi confident Martin can turn it around
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
Martin has not had a hit since June 20 vs. Atlanta, dropping his batting average to .176. Martin is scheduled to catch Saturday's evening game against the Red Sox, with Chris Stewart getting the nod in the day game.
"You worry a little bit [about Martin]," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Let's hope we can break it tonight. Every hitter's been through it, almost. I've got to believe if you've played a substantial amount, everyone's been through an 0-for-20 or a 1-for-30. It's part of the game, but it doesn't make it any easier when you're going through it."
Girardi said that even if Martin continues to post a batting average in the sub-Mendoza-line range, the Yankees believe they can continue to play winning baseball as long as he contributes defensively.
"We have 50 wins. We're on pace to win 98 games with that," Girardi said. "The big thing is saving runs. That's the bottom line to me. I don't get too caught up in offense, but I think you'll see a different guy in the second half."
Wade first Yank added under twin bill roster rule
BOSTON -- Yankees right-hander Cory Wade became the answer to a trivia question on Saturday, as he was the first man in franchise history to be added as the 26th player on an active roster.
Effective this year, teams are permitted to add an extra player on the day a doubleheader is played. Saturday's day-night doubleheader was necessitated by a rainout in Boston on April 28.
"I guess there's a first for everything," Wade said. "If you want to say it's an honor to be the first guy to be the first 26th Major League Baseball player [for the Yankees], I'll take it."
The Pirates and the Rockies were the first clubs to use the new rule on April 25, calling up right-handers Jared Hughes and Zach Putnam, respectively.
The Red Sox summoned right-hander Clayton Mortensen from Triple-A Pawtucket for Saturday's split twin bill.
"It's great, because I think you need it with the pitching," manager Joe Girardi said. "I think that's important."
Wade pitched just once at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, hurling a scoreless inning. He said that he was able to "find something" there, as well as build off a June 29 appearance against the White Sox.
Wade was 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA in 33 appearances for New York when he was optioned to Triple-A, struggling recently after starting the season as a reliable part of the bullpen.
"It's always tough, because I had pitched well," Wade said. "At the same time, the last few outings, I didn't throw the ball that well. It's one of those things that you've got to take it. It's part of the game, you've got to understand it and go and do your job when you get sent down to try to get back as fast as you can."
Teixeira gets turn at No. 2 in order in Game 1
BOSTON -- Mark Teixeira experienced something of a throwback day on Saturday, batting second in a big league lineup for the first time since 2003.
With regular No. 2 hitter Curtis Granderson getting the first game of Saturday's day-night doubleheader off, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he opted to move his order up one slot.
"I just moved everybody up," Girardi said. "[You] kind of keep the guys in the same order they've been without Grandy in there ... I just decided to move everybody up, because they're used to hitting in that order."
Teixeira's last turn as a No. 2 hitter came on Sept. 28, 2003, as a rookie with the Rangers, when he went 0-for-4 in a 4-1 loss to the Angels. He batted second 12 times that season.
Darnell McDonald made his Yankees debut as a defensive replacement in Friday's 10-8 win over the Red Sox. His brother, Donzell, played five games for the 2001 Yankees.
They became the eighth set of brothers to play for the Yankees, joining Homer (1912) and Tommy (1912) Thompson; Bobby (1957-60) and Billy (1960) Shantz; Felipe (1971-73) and Matty (1973) Alou; Phil (1984-85) and Joe (1985-87) Niekro; Al (1987-89, 2005) and Mark (1990) Leiter; Pascual (1990-91) and Melido (1992-95) Perez; and Marcus (1989) and Matt (2005) Lawton.
Left-hander Boone Logan has recorded the win in each of the Yankees' last two games (Friday at Boston and Wednesday at Tampa Bay). He is the first Yankee to win consecutive road games in the same road trip since Tom Gordon on Aug. 23-24, 2004, at Cleveland.
On this date in 1937, the Yankees had five starters in the All-Star Game as the AL wins, 8-3, at Griffith Stadium in Washington D.C. Lou Gehrig has four RBIs and the game's only home run, a two-run shot off Dizzy Dean.