Russell Martin C PIT 24 Hrs

Russell Martin has appealed his one-game suspension.

Martin was given the one-gamer for his involvement in Sunday's brawl with the Brewers. He can play until the appeal is heard and is in the Pirates' lineup Tuesday night.

Russell Martin C PIT 1 Day

Russell Martin was suspended for one game by MLB for his role in Sunday's brawl with the Brewers.

Martin was one of four players suspended for participating in the fracas. It's unclear whether he will appeal or simply get the suspension out of the way.

Russell Martin C PIT 5 Days

Russell Martin had a nice night at the dish in Friday's loss to the Brewers, going 2-for-4 with a walk and a pair of RBI.

He got the Buccos on the board with an RBI groundout in the first inning and added an RBI single in the third to increase the advantage to 2-0. He's off to a terrific start, hitting .292/.375/.438 with two homers and 11 RBI in his first 12 games. While he won't continue at this pace, fantasy owners should continue to ride him while he's hot.

Russell Martin C PIT 6 Days

Batting second for the first time this season, Russell Martin went 2-for-3 with two walks Thursday against the Brewers.

Martin hit second a lot this spring, but that was mostly to get him an extra at-bat before his mid-game removal. He had been entrenched in the fifth spot since the beginning of the regular season, but that changed tonight, as Travis Snider was dropped from second to seventh. If Martin continues to hit second, he'll be more valuable in fantasy leagues.

Russell Martin C PIT 10 Days

Russell Martin is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

It's just a day of rest. Tony Sanchez will catch Charlie Morton Sunday.

Russell Martin C PIT 14 Days

Russell Martin went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs in Wednesday's loss to the Cubs.

Martin joined Pedro Alvarez with two solo shots on the night. Martin's first came off of Jason Hammel in the seventh, and his second was courtesy Pedro Strop in the ninth. The catcher had been quiet with the bat through his team's first seven games but is now hitting .292.

Russell Martin C PIT 1 Month

Russell Martin went 2-for-2 and hit his fourth spring homer Monday off the Orioles' Chris Tillman.

Martin was back batting second today. The point in doing it is to get him an extra at-bat before he departs the game in the middle innings, but if he keeps it up, he just might be left there in the regular season. He's 8-for-15 with nine RBI this spring.

Russell Martin C PIT 2 Months

Russell Martin had a three-run homer off Grant Balfour and an RBI single in the Pirates' 10-5 victory over the Rays on Saturday.

Martin is 6-for-13 with three homers this spring. He's mostly hit second for the Pirates this spring (he hit third today with Andrew McCutchen resting). The plan there was likely just to get him an extra at-bat each day before he gets lifted, but since that spot is up for grabs in the Pirates lineup, perhaps there's a chance we'll see him there in the opener.

Russell Martin C PIT 2 Months

Russell Martin said Thursday that he's open to a contract extension with the Pirates.

However, he noted that there have been no discussions between his agent and the club regarding a new deal. Martin is in the second year of a two-year, $17 million contract, which is actually the biggest free-agent deal the Pirates have ever handed out. The 31-year-old would surely require at least that much on a new deal.

Russell Martin C PIT 7 Months

Russell Martin went 1-for-3 and drove home a pair of runs on Sunday, helping to lead the Pirates to a 5-3 victory over the Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLDS, taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.

Martin came to the plate with the bases loaded and the score knotted at 2-2 in the sixth inning, and delivered a sacrifice fly off Seth Maness to give the Pirates the lead. He then added a very valuable insurance run with an RBI single off Kevin Siegrist in the ninth inning, increasing the Pirates advantage to 5-3. He's had a very productive series thus far, hitting .385 (5-for-13) with a pair of homers and six RBI.