Russell Martin
C TOR
2 days ago

Martin is not in the lineup Saturday against the Twins, John Lott of Vice Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manager John Gibbons said Martin will get the day off, noting that he's "beat up" from catching each of the last three games. The plan is for Martin to serve as the DH Sunday, with Josh Thole making a second straight start behind the plate.

Russell Martin
C TOR
6 days ago

Martin went 3-for-3 with a walk, two RBI and scored a run in Tuesday's win over the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

Martin's hot bat earned him his first start of the year as the team's DH for Tuesday's tilt. The veteran rewarded manager John Gibbon's decision by logging his sixth multi-hit performance in his last seven games. Martin's gone 15-for-32 (.469) since Aug. 13 with six home runs, 13 RBI and nine runs scored, all while raising his average to a season-high .249.

Russell Martin
C TOR
2 weeks ago

Martin went 2-for-4 with two homers and three RBI at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Martin refused to be upstaged by Yankees counterpart Gary Sanchez, who also had a two-homer night at the catcher position. He and the rest of the Blue Jays benefitted greatly from rain cutting Michael Pineda's outing short, as both of Martin's blasts came against a leaking bullpen. The 33-year-old has hit at least 11 home runs in five straight seasons, but his output to date has to be viewed as disappointing after he launched 23 in 2015.

Russell Martin
C TOR
2 weeks ago

Martin is not in the lineup Monday against the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

After starting each of the last five games behind the plate, Martin will get the day off Monday, though it's possible he could be used in a pinch hitting capacity. The veteran is hitting just .216 in the month of August, though he's homered three times after going yard only once in July.

Russell Martin
C TOR
2 weeks ago

Martin went 1-for-2 with a go-ahead three-run homer and a walk in Saturday's 4-2 victory over the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran backstop went deep off reliever James Hoyt in the sixth, plating Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Saunders to erase what had been a 2-1 deficit. The homer would turn out to be the game-winner and was Martin's first since Aug. 1 against this same Astros squad. Despite the heroics Saturday, the 33-year-old continues struggling at the plate, slashing just .176/.300/.382 in 34 August at-bats.

Russell Martin
C TOR
3 weeks ago

Martin is not in the starting lineup Monday against the Rays, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

With R.A. Dickey on the mound Monday night, Jose Thole will catch for Toronto while manning the No. 9 spot in the batting order.

Russell Martin
C TOR
3 weeks ago

Martin is out of the lineup Sunday against the Royals, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons indicated that Martin was just getting a routine day off, so the backstop should be back in the lineup for Monday's series opener with the Rays. Martin had gone 1-for-12 with five strikeouts over his last three games.

Russell Martin
C TOR
4 weeks ago

Martin is out of the lineup for Tuesday's matchup with Houston, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Martin will get a breather after starting Toronto's last four games as Josh Thole fills in for him behind the plate, batting eighth. Martin is currently on a five-game hit streak and is slashing .353/.542/.706 with six runs and four RBI during that time.

Russell Martin
C TOR
1 month ago

Martin went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two RBI and two runs in Saturday's 9-1 victory over the Orioles.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran backstop was an integral part of a seven-run fifth inning for Toronto that broke the game open, plating Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Saunders with a two-bagger to deep right. Martin now has a modest three-game hitting streak, and has reached safely in seven straight overall. His solid July has served to raise his season average 17 points to .233.

Russell Martin
C TOR
1 month ago

Martin is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Padres, according to Sportsnet's Barry Davis.

EDGE Analysis

Martin started the last two games, but he will be held out Wednesday with R.A. Dickey getting the start for the Blue Jays. Josh Thole will catch Dickey as he regularly does.