Russell Martin C PIT 24 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 26 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.

Russell Martin C PIT 2 Months

Russell Martin returned to action on Tuesday July 1.

Russell Martin C PIT 2 Months

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said that Russell Martin is not in Sunday's lineup due to "soreness."

Huntington didn't reveal where exactly Martin is sore, so it sounds like general fatigue. He should be ready to go after Monday's off day. Chris Stewart is behind the dish Sunday.

Russell Martin C PIT 2 Months

Russell Martin went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

Martin hit what turned out to be a very crucial home run in the eighth inning off of Brad Boxberger. It put the Pirates on top 6-1 at the time, but they would narrowly escape with a 6-5 victory. Martin now has four homers, 23 RBI, and a .271/.415/.400 slash line on the season.

Russell Martin C PIT 2 Months

Russell Martin will bat cleanup against the Cubs on Saturday.

Martin hasn't done much against lefties over the past two years, but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle will give him a try there with Travis Wood on the hill for Chicago. This will be his first time in the leadoff spot since last August 23.

Russell Martin C PIT 3 Months

Russell Martin was ejected from Sunday's game against the Brewers in the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes

Martin took exception to a close pitch that he was punched out on to end the eighth inning. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle came out in support of his catcher and also got the gate, the second time he's been run this season.

Russell Martin C PIT 3 Months

Russell Martin went 3-for-3 and drove home four runs, leading the Pirates to a 15-3 rout over the Brewers on Friday.

Martin also drew a walk and scored three times in the game. He's been a plus offensively thus far, slashing .263/.398/.400 with three homers and 17 RBI in his first 95 at-bats.