Russell Martin C PIT 7 Days
Martin bashed his seventh homer Saturday -- a three-run shot -- against Milwaukee, going 2-for-4 with a walk and three RBI.
The home run total may be down -- Martin averaged 18 dingers over the last three years -- but a .288 batting average is his best since 2007, when he finished with a .293 mark. The Pirates have gone out of their way to keep the catcher from wearing down and its paying dividends.
Russell Martin C PIT 10 Days
Martin is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Braves, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
With five straight starts under his belt, Martin will give way to backup Chris Stewart on Wednesday. Though Martin's home run numbers are down, he's offset that to an extent with a .285 batting average, a mark 60 points higher than a season earlier.
Russell Martin C PIT 14 Days
Martin went 0-for-4 against Washington on Friday, ending an 11-game hitting streak for the catcher.
Martin, who compiled a .341/.404/.512 slash line over his hot stretch, will likely sit out either Saturday or Sunday. With an .802 OPS in 325 plate appearances, Martin continues to increase his market value as an unrestricted free agent following the 2014 season.
Russell Martin C PIT 16 Days
Martin is out of the lineup Thursday against the Tigers, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.
Martin will take a seat for a regular day of rest for a day game directly following a night game. Chris Stewart will man the backstop in his stead.
Russell Martin C PIT 19 Days
Martin went 1-for-4 against Detroit on Monday, belting his fifth homer of the year and first since July 10th.
Martin continues to surprise in 2014 with a higher batting average (.290) than many expected. The catcher is always at risk for injury, but the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent is setting himself up for a nice payday in the offseason.
Russell Martin C PIT 20 Days
Martin is out of the lineup Sunday against the Padres, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
This looks like nothing more than a routine day off for Martin after four straight starts. Chris Stewart will step in behind the plate while Josh Harrison bats third in the order, a spot Martin has occupied since Andrew McCutchen (rib) was forced out of action.
Russell Martin C PIT 21 Days
Martin will bat third Saturday night against the Padres.
The catcher is riding a seven-game hitting streak over which he's batting .360 (9-for-25) with seven RBI and a 5:2 BB:K ratio. Martin has a higher batting average (.289 in 343 at-bats) while hitting third throughout his career than anywhere else in the order.
Russell Martin C PIT 23 Days
Martin went 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.
He walked and scored as part of the Pirates' four-run first inning, then got involved in their three-run seventh by lining an RBI single and later scoring. Martin is 6-for-19 with five runs scored and six RBI over his past five games, and is batting a solid .282/.410/.382 in 238 at-bats.
Russell Martin C PIT 2 Months
Russell Martin had three hits, including an RBI single and a solo home run, as the Pirates routed the Cardinals on Thursday.
Martin bookended the Pirates' nine-run outburst against the Cardinals, starting the scoring in the first inning with a single and ending it with a solo home run in the ninth inning. The 31-year-old catcher is having the best offensive season of his career, slashing .282/.413/.409 with five home runs and 28 RBI.
Russell Martin C PIT 2 Months
Russell Martin is not in the Pirates starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.
It's merely a routine day off for the veteran backstop being an afternoon game after a night game. Chris Stewart will get the start behind the dish and hit eighth for the Pirates.