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Martin comes through fine

Russell Martin's still-not-100-percent right knee kept him from starting a game until Friday night against the Red Sox.

Aftrer catching six innings, Martin, who wore a 12-ounce brace on the knee that he said doesn't restrict his movement, said all was well. Just as he's said all week. Martin's word of choice leading up to Friday was "precautionary" for why he hadn't played yet.

"I wouldn't have been out there if I did feel anything," Martin said. "It felt good." 

Martin said he felt best about being able to block side to side without pain or restriction. He said he's running about "90 percent" but joked with his speed, or lack thereof, there isn't much difference between 90 and 100.

*** Martin, like everyone else, raved about Manny Banuelos, who had a second straight good outing, allowing one hit and striking out three in two scorless innings Friday.

"He doesn't act like he's 19," Martin said. "He acts like he belongs out there." 

Martin compared Banuelos to another young lefthander he caught, Clayton Kershaw.

"He's even more polished than Kershaw," Martin said.

*** Bartolo Colon, who threw fairly well in his first outing last Saturday, started Friday and allowed two hits in three scoreless innings. 

"I feel really happy but I have to keep working real hard to make this team," Colon said through a translator. "This is only two games." 


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