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Marte returned to the starting lineup Friday and went 1-for-4 with a double.

Marte continued his power barrage, collecting his seventh extra-base hit (five homers, two doubles) in 12 overall hits. After a slow start, the outfielder is batting .375 (9-for-24) in the last eight games.

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Marte (hand) is back in the lineup Friday, Pittsburgh Tribune's Rob Biertempfel reports.

He made an appearance in Thursday's game as a pinch runner, so this was somewhat expected following Marte leaving Wednesday's game after getting hit in the hand by a pitch. Deploy him as usual for the opener of the weekend series in Arizona.

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Marte (hand) entered Thursday's tilt as a pinch-runner and then served as a late-inning defensive replacement in center field.

His appearance Thursday was encouraging to fantasy owners who missed the outfielder with four home runs in his last five starts. Marte is 0-for-2 with a walk against Friday starter, Josh Collmenter, of Arizona.

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Marte (hand) is out of the lineup Thursday.

He left Wednesday's game after getting hit in the right hand by a pitch, but X-rays were negative. The Pirates waited until the last minute to decide whether Marte would play Thursday, suggesting that he was really close to getting the nod. Consider him day-to-day for now. Andrew McCutchen is also out Thursday and Andrew Lambo and Sean Rodriguez will man the outfield corners with Gregory Polanco playing center field Thursday.

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The Pirates have yet to decide whether or not Marte (hand) will play in Thursday's game against the Cubs, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Marte will test his hand in the batting cage prior to Thursday's game, and the Pirates will make a decision based on how he feels during and after the session. Expect Marte's status to be updated following his hitting session.

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Marte left Wednesday's game after getting hit in the left hand by a pitch, but X-rays after the game showed no fracture, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Marte hit a single in his only at-bat before departing. He was replaced by Andrew Lambo in the lineup. Consider him day to day as it sounds like he avoided a serious injury.

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Marte went 2-for-4 with his second homer and first stolen base of the season Friday against the Brewers.

The steal was a welcomed relief from fantasy owners banking on 30-plus from the outfielder. The 460-foot homer wasn't too shabby, either, as the speed off Marte's bat registered at 115.3 mph. Marte has the tools to put together a monster fantasy campaign, even though he's gotten off to a terribly slow start.

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Marte is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Tigers.

Corey Hart will bat fifth and start in right field, shifting Gregory Polanco over to left field. Marte is off to a hideous start at the plate, with three hits and 14 strikeouts in 26 at-bats. The day off might do him some good, and he'll likely return to the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with Detroit's Alfredo Simon.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 2 weeks ago

Marte went struck out four times Sunday, going 0-for-4 in Milwaukee. He was also hit by a pitch, only to be caught stealing second base.

The outfielder has already whiffed 12 times in 22 official at-bats. The free swinger will need to display at least a modicum of discipline at the plate if he is to fulfill breakout predictions for 2015.

Starling Marte LF/CF PIT 2 weeks ago

Marte broke out of an early slump with a monster homer estimated at 437 feet Friday in Milwaukee.

There are plenty of reasons to expect another leap in production from Marte after a strong finish to 2014 and a great spring training. He appeared to injure his left leg while making a sliding grab Thursday in Cincinnati, but that didn't stop him from starting Friday and mashing his first dinger. Marte slid over from left field to center when Andrew McCutchen (knee) exited.