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Russell Martin | Catcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/15/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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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. Apr 18 - 10:15 PM

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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.
Apr 17 - 10:38 PM

Russell Martin is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

It's just a day of rest. Tony Sanchez will catch Charlie Morton Sunday.
Apr 13 - 10:41 AM

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.
Apr 9 - 11:00 PM

Russell Martin is not in the Pirates' lineup Sunday.

It's just a day off with a day game after a night game. Tony Sanchez is handling the catching duties Sunday. Jordy Mercer is also getting a breather, with Clint Barmes playing shortstop.
Apr 6 - 10:50 AM

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.
Mar 10 - 4:46 PM

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.
Mar 8 - 5:32 PM

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.
Mar 7 - 9:20 AM

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 postseason thus far, hitting .385 (5-for-13) with a pair of homers and six RBI.
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 07:48:00 PM

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.
Tue, Oct 1, 2013 11:37:00 PM

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.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 05:28:00 PM

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.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 04:03:00 PM

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.
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 10:12:00 PM

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.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 10:04:00 PM

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.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 10:03:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Russell Martin
2Chris Stewart
3Tony Sanchez
1B1Travis Ishikawa
2Ike Davis
3Gaby Sanchez
2B1Neil Walker
2Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Clint Barmes
3B1Pedro Alvarez
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Jose Tabata
2Travis Snider
Starting Pitcher
S1Francisco Liriano
2Gerrit Cole
3Charlie Morton
4Wandy Rodriguez
5Edinson Volquez
Relief Pitcher
R1Jason Grilli
2Mark Melancon
3Tony Watson
4Justin Wilson
5Bryan Morris
6Stolmy Pimentel
7Jeanmar Gomez