Russell Martin C PIT 8 Hrs

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 5 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 8 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 1 Month

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 1 Month

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 6 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.

Russell Martin C PIT 7 Months

Russell Martin went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs in Tuesday's Wild Card win over the Reds.

Marlon Byrd got the scoring started with a solo blast in the second, and Martin belted another one after a Pedro Alvarez lineout. He reached on an infield single in his next at-bat before blasting a no-doubter in the seventh. Martin has been a huge addition for the Pirates, hitting 15 homers during the season while providing Gold Glove-caliber defense.

Russell Martin C PIT 7 Months

Russell Martin (knee) is in Monday's lineup against the Cubs.

Martin left Sunday's game with left knee soreness, but he feels good enough to play Monday. He'll bat seventh and catch Charlie Morton.

Russell Martin C PIT 7 Months

Russell Martin left Sunday's game against the Reds due to left knee soreness.

It's the same knee that gave Martin some trouble earlier this season. Obviously, it's not good timing for him to be banged up, but he can probably safely be considered day-to-day.