As Derek Jeter noted before going on the 15-day disabled list, the Yankees already were playing a man down while waiting for catcher Russell Martin to recover from a back injury that sidelined him for seven games in an eight-game stretch. But Martin started and had two hits and a RBI in a 3-2, 12-inning win over Texas Thursday at the Stadium.
"I felt much better than the last time I played,'' said Martin, who had just two hits and one RBI in his previous 31 at-bats. "The back now is pretty much a non-issue as long as I take care of it before the game. There's no stiffness, nothing.''
Martin reunited with former Dodgers teammate Cory Wade. In his second outing since joining the Yankees, Wade retired all six batters he faced in the 11th and 12th to get the win. He's pitched three perfect innings.
Wade missed all of 2010 while recovering from shoulder surgery, but Martin pronounced him fit. "He's back,'' he said. "He reminds me of 2008 when he had the great year [2-1, 2.27 ERA, 0.93 WHIP]. He's got command of his changeup, his fastball, and he's a guy that can throw any pitch on any count, and that's why he's tough to hit.''