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Russell Martin and Robert Andino have postgame shouting match over tipping Mariano Rivera’s pitches

Apr 10, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Moments after Mariano Rivera closed out a 6-2 win over Baltimore last night Yankees catcher Russell Martin was shouting at Orioles second baseman Robert Andino, with both players needing to be held back as their teams left the field.

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Martin and the Yankees believed Andino was signaling Rivera’s pitch locations to hitters while standing on second base, although everyone involved downplayed the incident afterward.

Joe Girardi dismissed it as merely “boys being boys” and Martin said: “I don’t remember what happened at the end there. A little yapping session towards the end. Nothing crazy.”

Andino declined to comment, but he might have something to say if the Yankees decide to retaliate with a plunking in today’s game. Asked if that was in the plans, Martin replied: “Maybe it’ll make it more exciting, I don’t know. I can’t predict the future. It’s fun. It’s baseball, there’s emotions flying and stuff. What else can I say?”

Hoch notes that this isn’t the first time Martin has been angry about alleged pitch tipping by an opponent, as he accused the Blue Jays of doing the same against Bartolo Colon last July. And of course it’s worth noting that base runners relay signs and pitch locations to hitters all the time, usually without incident. It would be interesting to know what Martin thinks of the whole practice when his teammates are the ones doing it.

  1. thebigcaptain2011 - Apr 10, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    I’m tired of guys being held back. If they want to fight, let them fight. They are grown men, world class athletes and they have a problem they want to resolve. LET THEM FIGHT!
    In all seriousness, this kind of thing goes on all of the time. Let’s move on….and I’m a Yankees fan saying that. This is not a big deal.Mariano can walk to my house, ring the doorbell and tell me what pitch he was about to throw and where and I still wouldn’t be able to hit it.

  2. wingsrule12 - Apr 10, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Tipping pitches. Hell in high school I would steal signs and call pitch outs. It’s part of the game and Martin needs to shut his bitch a$$ up and play baseball.

  3. fdugrad - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Tipping pitches in pro baseball?! I’m shocked, SHOCKED that there is TIPPING going on here!! What exactly is WITH Martin?! Next he will be accusing some players of using PED’s over the last ten or twenty years. SHEEZ!!

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