Catcher Russell Martin: Ump Denied Me Balls: New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin said that home plate umpire Laz Diaz punished him Wednesday for arguing balls and strikes by refusing to let him throw new balls to the pitcher after fouls. "He said that it was a privilege that I had to earn, for me to throw the ball back," Martin said. "Because we kind of got into it with balls and strikes or whatever. ... Even at the end of the game, after I got hit in the neck, I'm like, 'Can I throw the ball back now?' He's still like, 'No.'"