Stiff back prevents Martin from catching CC

Russell Martin #55 of the New York Yankees

Russell Martin #55 of the New York Yankees hits a double scoring a run against the Atlanta Braves .(June 18, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Joe Girardi has said for several weeks that he wants Russell Martin to catch CC Sabathia, a battery he hasn't used since April 11. But Martin's stiff lower back kept that reunion from happening Sunday night.

"I want to get those two back together, but this came up and I just have to make sure he's healthy," Girardi said.

Girardi removed Martin, who said the stiffness occurred in the right side of his lower back, in the eighth inning of Saturday night's 4-3 victory.

"Just lower-back stiffness," Martin said. "Felt it during batting practice [Saturday]. I was a bit stiff. As the game went along, it didn't loosen up."

Martin said the treatment he received before Sunday night's game "made it feel better," and he anticipates being in the lineup Monday night when the Yankees host the Indians.

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It's what they doGirardi again was asked about his offense and its propensity to hit home runs or come up empty. "I understand that's the type of club we are," said Girardi, whose team entered Sunday night with the most homers in baseball (110 in 70 games). "We're built mostly around power, we're a power club. And I'm OK with that."

Youk goneThere was some surprise among the Yankees after Kevin Youkilis, a fixture of the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry for nearly a decade, was traded to the White Sox. "[Will] Middlebrooks has played very well and they felt they could make that move and improve," Girardi said. "But going into 2012, I didn't foresee [Youkilis] being moved."

Extra basesStarting Monday night, the Yankees will play 13 of their next 21 games at the Stadium, with all 21 contests coming against teams currently above .500 (the Indians, White Sox, Rays, Red Sox, Angels and Blue Jays).

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