Russell Martin C PIT 3 Hrs
Martin is out of the lineup Thursday against the Red Sox.
Martin had started the previous four games, batting 5-for-14 with two doubles, a homer, and five RBI. His steady climb to a .300 batting average on the season will have to wait a day, as Chris Stewart steps into relieve him.
Russell Martin C PIT 6 Days
Martin is out of the lineup Friday against the Cubs.
Martin will get the day off behind the plate Friday following five straight starts, having collected at least one hit in all five. Chris Stewart will get the call behind the plate in his place and will bat eighth for the Pirates.
Russell Martin C PIT 7 Days
Martin went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in the Pirates' win over the Phillies on Wednesday night.
In addition to carrying his highest slugging percentage (.421) since 2007, Martin has provided elite on-base skills (.career-high .409 OBP) while providing a stabilizing presence in the lineup during his second season in Pittsburgh.
Russell Martin C PIT 15 Days
Martin ranks second in the NL with a .413 OPS behind Troy Tulowitzki (.432) among batters with at least 300 at-bats.
Although Martin is on pace for his lowest homer total in four years -- he hit his eighth dinger Tuesday, the backstop's .832 OPS is his best since 2007 (when he finished with an .843 mark). Martin is setting himself up for a nice payday as an unrestricted free agent following the season.
Russell Martin C PIT 16 Days
Martin smacked his eighth home run of the season, a solo shot off Adam Wainwright in the second inning, in a 1-for-4 performance Tuesday against the Cardinals.
Martin is having a solid second half and is now 11-for-31 in his last 10 games with two home runs, three doubles and four RBI. He now has a healthy .292/.413/.420 slash line in 312 at-bats.
Russell Martin C PIT 18 Days
Martin is out of the lineup Sunday against the Reds.
Martin is coming off a 1-for-2 night at the plate with a double and a walk, but will sit for Sunday's day game. Chris Stewart is behind the plate in his place and will bat eighth for the Pirates.
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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 29 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 1 Month
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 1 Month
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.