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Russell Martin proves he's no pushover

The Yankees catcher took a hard hit from Carlos Pena but kept on coming

Updated: June 19, 2011, 10:40 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

CHICAGO -- When Russell Martin stuck the baseball into Carlos Pena's face in the key play of Saturday's 4-3 New York Yankees victory over the Chicago Cubs, he wasn't just showing off his fresh green manicure.

No, the most rugged guy in a Yankees uniform was also showing Pena, and the rest of his teammates, that he is no pushover behind the plate. No run-over, either.

"That was just the feistiness in me,'' said Martin, as tough as a horsemeat steak, who played some ice ...

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