How to attack Yankees’ lineup: Blue Jays C Russell Martin has a plan


Like everyone else in baseball, Blue Jays catcher Ru sell Martin knows the Yankees’ loaded lineup is tough.Unlike everyone else, Martin witne sed the modern-day Murderers’ Row from behind the plate Thursday on Opening Day. Giancarlo Stanton homered twice, doubled and drove in four runs as New York beat Toronto, 6-1. Brett Gardner also homered, and fellow sluggers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez doubled.Just how do you pitch the lineup that led the majors in home runs (241) last season, then added the MLB home run leader in Stanton in the offseason?I wish I had the answer, Martin said (via the New York Post). They’re gonna be tough and they’re gonna hit their share of home runs. You’ve just got to hope there’s nobody on base when they do. But my belief is when you’re facing the best hitters, you have to stay aggre sive. You can’t let fear change your attitude toward how you approach the game. You have to attack them. You have to be tough.Of course, that game plan didn’t work too well in the opener, as Torontostarter J.A. Happ threw 96 pitches and got chased after 4 2/3 innings. Still, Martin thinks staying aggre sive is a good tactic.There’s no break in that lineup, Martin told the Post. It makes you have to pitch Adam Wainwright Jersey to them and they all can hit. You have to make pitches to get them out, and sometimes you do make a pitch and they can still hit it.The key is to stay aggre sive and try to outthink them. But it looks like they’re seeing the ball well right now. I’m not gonna get carried away. It’s one game. We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve.