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Montero, Romine: Catchers of the future

New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, left,

New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera, left, is congratulated by catcher Austin Romine after they defeated the Los Angeles Angels in their baseball game. (Sept. 11, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Saturday night was a glimpse of the Yankees' catching past when injuries to Russell Martin and Francisco Cervelli forced Jorge Posada into emergency catching duty.

Sunday may have been a glimpse of the future.

"You've got two guys, if you add them up, are almost the same age as Jorgie," Girardi joked of Posada, 40.


Jesus Montero, 21, made his catching debut Sunday afternoon and was replaced in the seventh by Austin Romine, 22. The two have been linked for several years as top-ranked organizational prospects.

"I was a little nervous at first but I got comfortable," said Montero, who threw out Alberto Callaspo trying to steal second in the second inning, the first attempted steal against him.

Montero said it helped catching Freddy Garcia, whom he caught Aug. 22 in Triple-A Scranton when the righthander made a rehab start.

"He did a pretty good job," Garcia said. "He called a good game. We were on the same page."

Montero was 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts. Romine, who did not have a plate appearance, was the catcher for Double-A Trenton most of the year before being promoted to Scranton when Montero got the call to the majors.


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