Russell Martin says he was frustrated, not angry

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BOSTON -- Russell Martin was seen tearing up three towels in the Yankees' dugout after Alex Rodriguez pinch hit for him in the ninth inning of Game 2 Saturday night, but he said he wasn't upset about that.

"In that situation, you want to get your best hitters,'' he said after the Yankees' 9-5 loss to the Red Sox. "You have a Hall of Famer on the bench; might as well take your best shot there. I was just frustrated from the game. It wasn't because I got pinch hit for. Had nothing to do with that. I don't want anybody to get confused about that. I was just frustrated because we gave up some runs late there."

He doubled in the second inning of Game 2 to end his hitless streak at 30 at-bats. "It felt good; it had been a while,'' he said. "But I'd feel better if I didn't get any hits and we won the game."

Joe Girardi dismissed the idea that the Yankees can't win with a starting catcher hitting .179. "We're on pace to win 98 games,'' he said. "The big thing is saving runs; that's the bottom line to me. I think you'll see a different guy in the second half.''

Wade hit hard

Cory Wade allowed three runs and four hits in two-thirds of an inning in Game 2 and also allowed an inherited runner to score. The righthander, demoted last Monday, was called up from Triple-A Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre Saturday because of the new "26th man rule'' that allows teams to add a player in advance of a doubleheader.

Defend your manVicente Padilla, ripped after Friday's game by Mark Teixeira, wasn't in the clubhouse before Game 1. Bobby Valentine defended his reliever, whom Teixeira had criticized for throwing at batters. Said Valentine, "What I've seen, he's been a terrific teammate. He's been a guy who's taken the ball every day that we wanted him to.''

Extra basesRobinson Cano's streak of consecutive games with at least one RBI ended at nine in Game 1 . . . Red Sox lefthander Franklin Morales allowed a single and two walks in the third inning of Game 1 but still escaped before having to retire the fifth Yankee to bat in the inning as he picked off Rodriguez and Nick Swisher at first . . . Teixeira batted second in the first game, the first time he's done so since his rookie season in 2003 . . . Before Game 1, the last time the Yankees went back-to-back twice in a game was Aug. 22, 2008, in Baltimore (Cano-Jose Molina; Cody Ransom-Xavier Nady).

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With Diana C. Nearhos

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