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Catching like riding a bike for Posada

Derek Jeter said Jorge Posada "picked up where he left off."

That would be behind the plate where Posada had not been since Game 6 of last year's ALCS. But an injury to Russell Martin combined with Francisco Cervelli suffering from concussion symptoms and Joe Girardi not wanting to lose his designated hitter by inserting Jesus Montero, brought upon Posada's return to catching.

"It was fun," Posada said.

"Like old times," Jeter said.

Said CC Sabathia: "It was exciting to see. I hadn't seen him back there in a long time. He stepped up and did a great job for us." 

Which included throwing out Howie Kendrick, who reached on a single to start the bottom of the third and immediately took off for second on a steal attempt.

"That's incredible what he did today," Girardi said. "Showed a lot of guts on his part. I told him it was like riding a bike, go ahead and get back on the bike. I'm not sure he believed me when he went back there but he did a nice job." 

Posada didn’t sound as if he thought the night would mean anything in terms of another shot catching and he's likely right. Girardi said Jesus Montero "probably" would catch Sunday and he also strongly hinted that Austin Romine, at Double-A Trenton most of the season, could be in Anaheim by gametime Sunday. The Yankees would have to make a move on their 40-man roster to make room for Romine.

“I’m an emergency catcher and that’s what they wanted from the get-go,” Posada said. “I didn’t think in September it would happen because you have another catcher up here. But baseball’s a funny game.”




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