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.

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.

Russell Martin C PIT 7 Months

Russell Martin hit his 15th home run in the Pirates' win over the Reds on Saturday.

Martin's homer, a two-run shot, came off Reds starter Homer Bailey in the second inning. It was his only hit in three at-bats in the game, giving him 55 RBI on the season. After hitting just 12 combined between 2009 and 2010, Martin has now hit at least 15 home runs in three straight seasons.

Russell Martin C PIT 8 Months

Russell Martin went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in the Pirates' 7-1 win over the Cardinals on Saturday.

Martin's lone hit was a big one, as he took Lance Lynn deep for a three-run shot to right-center. It was his 13th of the season, his sixth against the Cardinals. He also scored twice in the victory.

Russell Martin C PIT 8 Months

Russell Martin connected for a solo home run Friday against the Cardinals.

Garrett Jones and Martin went back-to-back off Shelby Miller in the fourth inning. The 30-year-old backstop hit six home runs in April, but he has just six since. Yet another reminder that it's not easy to be a right-handed hitter in PNC Park.

Russell Martin C PIT 8 Months

Russell Martin went 1-for-3 with two walks, a double, an RBI and a run scored Tuesday against the Padres.

Martin stranded eight runners in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks and was relegated to pinch-hitting duties on Monday, so it's safe to assume he'll get a good night's sleep this evening. The veteran catcher is batting .250 with 11 homers, 46 RBI and nine steals in 348 at-bats.