BALTIMORE -- Yankees catcher Russell Martin exchanged heated words with the Orioles' Robert Andino on Monday, believing that pitch locations were being relayed from second base in the ninth inning of New York's 6-2 victory at Camden Yards.
Martin danced around the details of the argument, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi dismissed the tiff as "boys were being boys." One Yankee said that the team indeed thought Andino was tipping where Martin was setting up for closer Mariano Rivera.
"I don't remember what happened at the end there," Martin sad. "A little yapping session towards the end. Nothing crazy."
Andino, who had laced a one-out double off the 42-year-old closer and was stranded at second base, was not available for comment in the Orioles' clubhouse.
Martin said that he'd never had an issue with Andino before Monday evening, and he did not respond with a negative when asked if the events would carry over to Tuesday's game.
"Maybe it'll make it more exciting, I don't know," Martin said. "I can't predict the future. It's fun. It's baseball -- there's emotions flying and stuff. What else can I say?"
Last July 14 in Toronto, Martin was upset that the Blue Jays appeared to be stealing signs and tipping pitches during an eight-run first inning against starter Bartolo Colon, and he spoke publicly about the issue.
On Monday, Martin said that he was the first to speak in the argument, and that Andino might not have liked "a look that I gave him."
"I think he was inviting me to a sparring session next offseason," Martin joked. "I don't know. I'll get his number. We'll talk it over later."