Who is that masked man? It's Jorge Posada!
Just before Maicer Izturis hit a run-scoring double in the second inning of the Angels' 6-0 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday night, the Angels third baseman fouled a pitch off the throwing hand of Yankees catcher Russell Martin.
Martin finished the second inning but left the game before the third. With backup Francisco Cervelli sidelined because of concussion-like symptoms and No. 3 catcher Jesus Montero starting at designated hitter, Yankees Manager Joe Girardi had no choice but to turn to Jorge Posada, who had not caught once all season.
The green light went on for the Angels, who wasted no time running on Posada, the 40-year-old veteran who is twice as old as Mike Trout, the Angels' 20-year-old outfielder, and has been relegated to a part-time DH role this season.
Howie Kendrick singled to open the third and took off on CC Sabathia’s first pitch to Torii Hunter. Posada’s throw to second was high, but second baseman Robinson Cano leaped to catch it and put the tag on Kendrick for the out.
The Angels did not attempt another stolen base, and Posada did a solid job defensively the rest of the night. He even singled in the eighth inning.
"I said if you need me, I'm there," Posada said of his conversation with Girardi after Martin got hurt. "It was fun. It was fun to catch again. I'll be sore tomorrow. But I'll sleep well tonight."
Photo: Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, center, points to first base umpire Larry Vanover for a call after a swing by Angels' Maicer Izturis. Credit: Jae Hong / Associated Press