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Former Yankee Bobby Abreu, who passed Lou Gehrig on the all-time doubles list last Sunday, doubled to left-center in the first inning to drive in the game's first run. He advanced on Martin's passed ball and scored on Alberto Callaspo's groundout. Nova had allowed only one first-inning run in his 17 previous big league starts.
"I wasn't crossed up," Russell Martin said. "It's just that he's got so much movement on his fastball, it's kind of unpredictable sometimes. It was just a ball that was up and I couldn't get a hold of it. I mean, they can call it a passed ball if they want, but I tried my best to catch that ball."
Martin got one of the runs back in the second with an RBI single after a leadoff double by Alex Rodriquez. New York tied it in the fourth when Jorge Posada broke out of a 1-for-18 skid with a ground-rule double that scored Rodriguez, who drew a leadoff walk.
The hit came moments after a number of Yankee fans behind the first base dugout started a chant of "Hip Hip Jorge!" The Yankees did not get another hit the rest of the game.
"Obviously when it's half Angels fans and half Yankees fans, you can't help but get a little more amped up out there," Weaver said. "It's a great atmosphere, and it's fun to be apart of that."
NOTES: Izturis came up again with the bases loaded in the eighth against Luis Ayala and flied out. ... The Yankees are playing their first series at Angel Stadium since April of last season, when Mark Teixeira wiped out Bobby Wilson in a violent collision at home plate in the rookie's first major league start behind the plate. It left Wilson with a concussion and injured left ankle that sidelined him for 21 games. "As a catcher, that's what you sign up for. That's part of the job," Wilson said. "Even getting hit the way I did, I'm not going to back down from anything."
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