Girardi confident Martin can turn it around

Girardi confident Martin can turn it around

BOSTON -- Russell Martin's dry spell had hit 30 at-bats entering play Saturday, as the Yankees' catcher continues to struggle at the plate.

Martin has not had a hit since June 20 vs. Atlanta, dropping his batting average to .176. Martin is scheduled to catch Saturday's evening game against the Red Sox, with Chris Stewart getting the nod in the day game.

"You worry a little bit [about Martin]," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Let's hope we can break it tonight. Every hitter's been through it, almost. I've got to believe if you've played a substantial amount, everyone's been through an 0-for-20 or a 1-for-30. It's part of the game, but it doesn't make it any easier when you're going through it."

Girardi said that even if Martin continues to post a batting average in the sub-Mendoza-line range, the Yankees believe they can continue to play winning baseball as long as he contributes defensively.

"We have 50 wins. We're on pace to win 98 games with that," Girardi said. "The big thing is saving runs. That's the bottom line to me. I don't get too caught up in offense, but I think you'll see a different guy in the second half."