- Andrew Marchand, ESPNNewYork.com
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The New York Yankees ended a long, wet, hurtful week with some sunshine. After seemingly as many long rain delays as injuries and losses, a ball lost in the sun gave the Yankees the decisive run Sunday after four straight defeats.
With super prospects, the 21-year-old Jesus Montero and the 22-year-old Austin Romine, becoming the team's fourth and fifth catchers of the week -- making their MLB catching debuts on Sunday -- and the Boston Red Sox fading, the usually stoic Joe Girardi turned into Mr. Chuckles in the postgame.
"You have two guys that if you added them up are the same age as Jorgie [Posada]," the Yankees manager said after a 6-5 win over the Angels.
The Yankees finally scored some runs, too. The go-ahead run came on a long fly ball to the center-field warning track by Mark Teixeira in the seventh. It would have been a sacrifice fly to tie it, but Peter Bourjos lost it in the sun. Derek Jeter hustled around from first to score.
"The sun helped us today," said Girardi, whose club is now up 3½ games on the Sox.
Mariano Rivera picked up his 599th save, putting history a couple of ninth innings away. Trevor Hoffman owns the all-time save record with 601. Rivera is not sweating the round number that is on deck.
"I won't lose any sleep," Rivera said.
Romine barely got any sleep. Girardi summoned Romine from Kentucky on Saturday night.
Romine was at a store around 6 p.m. Saturday and wasn't looking at his cell. Finally, when he got home Romine's girlfriend told him, "Joe Girardi's on the phone."
"I was like, 'I might want to take that,'" Romine said.
From there, Romine, who hadn't thrown or hit a ball in nearly a week after the Triple-A season ended, began darting around, preparing to wake up at 4:30 a.m. ET Sunday to hop on a flight to California. He arrived at the ballpark at noon PT.
Romine, who grew up 10 minutes from Angels Stadium, showed up and met his older brother, Andrew, a backup shortstop for the Angels, in the hallway outside the clubhouse. Andrew patted him on the back and told him, "Good job."
"It is great for my family and my friends," said Romine, whose father, Kevin, played for the Red Sox in the late '80s and early '90s.
Russell Martin's thumb might not be ready for Monday in Seattle and Francisco Cervelli returned to New York to have his concussion-like symptoms further examined, but still Jorge Posada -- who appeared on Saturday -- will not get the call. Girardi said that both Montero -- who threw out Alberto Callaspo in the second -- and Romine are ahead of Posada on his depth chart.
Posada's 1,518 games of experience do not give him the edge over Montero and Romine's nine innings.
"I don't make the decisions," said a seemingly less-than-thrilled Posada. "They didn't want me to catch in spring training, why would they want me to catch now? ... I'm not going to. They don't want me to."
The Yankees may be hesitant to play the Angels in the playoffs. Los Angeles might not get in, but if it can get past Texas in the West the Angels could be a tough out for the Yankees. They usually play their crisp, small-ball baseball.
"We've had some tough losses here," Girardi said. "This team is a tough team to beat. We know that."
The Yankees like to rely on bombs. MVP candidate Curtis Granderson hit his first one in 44 at-bats with a two-run shot in the fifth. Robinson Cano had already gone deep in the fourth. Suddenly, a Yankees team that scored just two runs in the previous 28 innings looked potent again.
Montero had carried the Yankees offense lately, but struck out three times as he focused on handling Freddy Garcia's balls in the dirt. Garcia told his fellow Venezuelan, Montero, to be ready to block.
"I thought he did OK," Girardi said of Montero. "There were some balls going every which direction when you catch Freddy. Some of his splitters are going to go straight down. Some of them are going to go right. I thought he did a good job."
Not good enough for Girardi to have full faith in him behind the plate. Girardi turned to Romine to catch Rafael Soriano in the seventh. Romine was tested right away.
With one out and men on first and second, Torii Hunter struck out as Bobby Abreu tried to steal. From Girardi's point of view, Hunter intentionally stepped on the plate and then started to run toward first. Romine decided not to risk throwing the ball into center field. But then Abreu stopped and then started so Romine threw down. Abreu barely got in there.
"He was in front of me," Romine said of Hunter. "I didn't want to throw it around him and throw it into the outfield. We have a guy on the mound who can get people out. Let him get people out."
Soriano did, ending the inning by getting rookie of the year candidate Mark Trumbo to ground out. Soriano was impressed with Romine's headiness.
"It is not easy," Soriano said.
The Yankees' week wasn't either. But the sun finally came out for them.
ESPN Los Angeles' Mark Saxon contributed to this story.
The Yankees ended a long, wet, hurtful week with some sunshine.